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Welcome to Western Canada Western Canada at a Glance Western Canada Map Directory of Suppliers Glossary of Terms

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Alberta Welcome At a Glance Getting Here Provincial Map Festivals & Events Itinerary Planner Suppliers at a Glance Directory of Suppliers

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NOTE: Maps throughout this book are not to scale, and are ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: for reference only. Drive distances and times are estimates Christine Bowerman, Faron White, Mark Atkinson only; actual distances and times may vary. For an official road map, please contact each province directly. ADVERTISING CO-ORDINATORS: Meaghan Ferdinand PHOTOGRAPHY: Alberta Alberta — Economic Development/Travel Alberta British ColumbiaButchart — Gardens, Tourism British Columbia, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Victoria, Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism, Tourism Dawson Creek Manitoba -Travel Manitoba Saskatchewan —Tourism Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatoon Cover Image:Thuraya Jean Brennan was baptized in May 2000 at this little country church in Saskatchewan. Thank you Thuraya Jean. The Western Canada Group Travel Planner is published annually by Transcontinental Specialty Publications/Holiday Media, copyright 2010/2011 Transcontinental Specialty Publications/Holiday Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any article, photograph or artwork without expressed written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited.

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canada’s praries and pacific - a playground for groups!

welcome to western canada

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Bass Harbour Light - Maine Office of Tourism

There’s a reason why Western Canada is one of the top group destinations in North America. In fact, the reasons are countless! Come see for yourself as you discover the diverse landscape that makes up British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. You’ll soon realize what we mean, and not a moment too soon. Make 2010 the year you discover Western Canada again, or for the first time if you’ve not yet had the pleasure! This is a corner of the world that screams out with fun and adventure. Though modern cities dominate a portion of the landscape here, there is still more than enough wild and rugged geography for groups to explore. This region is, after all, home to the world-renowned Canadian Rocky Mountains. The vast and diverse areas of this region will have groups hiking a mountain peak one day, skiing a top-notch resort the next, and ending up on the coast of Vancouver Island in a kayak! Whether you’re bus is full of students out for education or a seniors’ group on the trip of a lifetime, this region has something for all ages and activity level. While this region is packed with adventure in the outdoors, it’s hard to overlook the history and culture that also abound here. Home to fascinating heritage sites (five of the country’s 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in Alberta), cosmopolitan cities, exciting festivals and events, first-rate dining, and an abundance of accommodation for every taste and budget, Western Canada is the ideal place to bring your tour. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba each possess a winning combination of fabulous group itineraries in their own right. But put the four together, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a group travel destination! Within the pages of this guide you will find everything you need to plan your travel, from suggested itinerary stops to qualified group supplier listings. Your travels to this region are sure to be a winning combination with your groups!

‘Ksan Native Village, Hazleton © Tourism British Columbia

British Columbia

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British Columbia has long been a soughtafter destination, thanks to its abundance of stunning geography and ample attractions. Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest city, and draws millions of visitors each year. Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands provide a tranquil sanctuary for groups. The inland regions of the province boast mountainous terrain, sparkling lakes and rivers, and spectacular scenery.


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Maligne Lake © Travel Alberta

welcome to western canada

Canola Fields in Bloom © Tourism Saskatchewan / Malak

western canada

From the rolling prairies to the roaring pacific coastline, this region beckons to be explored!

Seal River © Travel Manitoba

Artist at Work © Tourism Saskatchewan / Douglas E. Walker

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

The western spirit is at its finest here in Alberta, offering visitors a unique look into the True West heritage that dominates so much of the province’s modern way of life. The province is home to Canada’s oldest National Park and the largest herd of free-roaming bison in the world. The cities of Calgary and Edmonton are beacons for travelers seeking culture, art, nightlife, and modern amenities.

Saskatchewan’s northern region encompasses thousands of lakes and more than 80 million acres of forest. This landscape gradually gives way to the rolling hills and prairie land of the province’s southern region, boasting farmers’ fields and wide-open plains. Add to this the exciting urban centres of Saskatoon and Regina, and you’ll soon see why Saskatchewan is hard to leave behind.

Manitoba is a culturally and geographically diverse province, home to a warm and inviting population. The province has a captivating spirit, a fascinating history dating back to pioneer days, and amazing natural beauty, all combined to create an experience that will grab your imagination and stay in your heart forever.

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western canada at a glance

Orca Whale, Vancouver Island © Tourism British Columbia

The provinces of Western Canada are ready and awaiting your group’s arrival. Here are some general facts and important information to help your group and escort get the most from your trip to Canada’s western region. Accommodation Ratings The Canada Select Accommodations Rating Program helps travellers select accommodations that best suit their preferences. Accommodations are rated within six different categories: Hotel/Motel; Country Inns; Bed and Breakfast; Resort; Cottage; Hunting and Fishing. Issued ratings should be compared within the appropriate categories. Benchmarks outlining specific facilities and services within each category star rating may be found at www.canadaselect.com.

Area Codes Area codes of each of the four provinces of Western Canada are as follows: British Columbia 250, 604 Alberta 403, 780 Saskatchewan 306 Manitoba 204

Banking Canada’s monetary system is based on dollars and cents. The Canadian dollar has a different value than the American dollar, and though US dollars are generally accepted in Canada at the current rate of exchange, it is advised

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Opal Range, Kananaskis Country © Travel Alberta

that travelers change their money at a bank or other recognized financial institution to receive a favourable rate of exchange. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and travelers’ cheques are widely accepted in Canada. Any bank or debit card on the Interac system can be used at just about every automatic teller machine in the country, with funds delivered in Canadian dollars. A nominal fee will apply to this service. Banking hours vary, but are generally 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, with some banks open on Saturday.

Manitoba - Winnipeg

Canada Customs/Passports

Holidays – 2010

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States are not required to carry passports or visas to cross the Canada/U.S. border by land, though it is recommended they carry proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. Passports are required for transborder air travel. Naturalized U.S. residents should carry documentary evidence of citizenship. Visitors entering Canada from any other country other than the United States must have valid passports.

New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter Monday Victoria Day Canada Day Labour Day Thanksgiving Day Remembrance Day Christmas Boxing Day

Electricity Canada uses the same electrical plug configuration and current as the United States: 110 to 115 volts, 60 cycles.

Emergencies In the event of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate police, fire, and medical assistance. For other emergencies or in an area not served by 911, contact the operator by dialing zero (0).

January 1 April 2 April 5 May 24 July 1 September 6 October 11 November 11 December 25 December 26

Hospital/Medical Services For answers to all customs inquiries, please call the information line: 1-800-461-9999 in Canada or 204-983-3500 outside Canada. Canada Border Services Agency Ottawa, ON, K1A 1J5 Or visit the website at: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Visitors to Canada are strongly urged to obtain health insurance before leaving their home country. Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent, but a hospital stay can be costly without adequate insurance coverage. Visitors taking prescribed medications are advised to take a copy of the prescription should it need to be renewed during the trip.

Capital Cities British Columbia – Victoria Alberta – Edmonton Saskatchewan – Regina

Languages English and French are the official languages of Canada.


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getting here

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Grain Elevator © Tourism Saskatchewan

Circle of Life Thunderbird House © Travel Manitoba

Weather

The metric system is based on 10s. • Celsius 100 degrees = 212 Fahrenheit • Celsius 0 degrees = 32 Fahrenheit • One kilometer (km) = 5/8 of a mile • One kilogram (kg) = 2.2 pounds • One meter = 39.37 inches Gasoline is sold in liters. One liter equals 0.264 US gallons and 0.219 imperial gallons.

The combined population of all four provinces in Western Canada is approximately 8 million.

The provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchean and Manitoba enjoy four distinct seasons, with summer temperatures in the range of up to 30ºC (88ºF), and winter temperatures varying from seasonally mild to very cold depending on the region. Many pleasant, cooler days are experienced in the spring and fall. The coastal region of British Columbia experiences the mildest climate in the country, with balmy temperatures compared to other provinces during most of the year.

Traffic Regulations

Winter Travel

Throughout Canada, speed limits are posted in kilometers (Km). The maximum speed permitted on provincial highways is 100 or 110 kilometers per hour, depending on the region, unless otherwise indicated. Other speed limits vary, but typically fall into 80km/hr on highways, 50km/hr in cities and urban centres, and 30km/hr in school zones. Please watch for posted speed limits as you travel through the region.

The provinces of Western Canada encourage winter travellers to come to this region and enjoy its many attractions during the winter months, including the world-class ski resorts. Visitors are advised to take precautions due to seasonable weather conditions in winter, particularly in the Rocky Mountains, and expect delays in extreme weather conditions.

Population

Vehicle Entry to Canada The entry of vehicles and trailers into Canada for touring purposes, for periods up to 12 months, is generally a routine matter that does not require the payment of Customs’ assessment. Any necessary permits are issued at the port of entry.

The Western Canada Group Travel Planner has been designed to work as a companion piece to official tourism materials from each of the provinces in the region – including Official Visitors Guides, Highway Maps and Provincial Group Tour Planners. For expert advice on how to plan your tour to Western Canada, or to order free planning and promotional materials, we invite you to contact each province directly. Experienced travel professionals are standing by to help you with your plans! Tourism British Columbia 510 Burrard Street, 12th Floor Vancouver, BC V6C 3A8 Toll Free: 1-800-HELLO-BC Outside North America: 604-660-2861 Fax: 604-660-3383 www.HelloBC.com

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For More Information Metric System

Travel Alberta 999 – 8th Street SW, Suite 760 Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 Toll Free: 1-800-ALBERTA Outside North America: 403-509-2590 Fax: 403-509-2598 www.travelalberta.com Tourism Saskatchewan 1922 Park Street Regina, SK S4N 7M4 Toll Free: 1-877-2-ESCAPE Outside North America: 306-787-5282 Fax: 306-787-0715 www.sasktourism.com Travel Manitoba 155 Carlton Street, 7th Floor Winnipeg, MB R3C 3H8 Toll Free: 1-800-665-0040 Outside North America: 204-927-7821 Fax: 204-927-7828

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YUKON TERRITORY

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES Indian Cabins

Wood Buffa National Pa

Fort Nelson

High Level Fort Vermilion

Dease Lake

Stikine

Fort St John

Grimshaw

Hudson's Hope Utikuma Lake

Chetwynd

Dawson Creek Lesser Slave Lake

Slave Lake

New Hazelton

Calling Lake

Grande Prairie Athabasca

Terrace

Prince Rupert Grande Cache

Prince George

St Albert

Port Clements

Edmonton

Jasper National Park

Queen Charlotte

Camro Wetaskiwin

Jasper

Anahim Lake

Bella Coola

Red Deer Williams Lake

Dry Island

Drum

Lake Louise Banff National Park

Chilko Lake

Calgary

Revelstoke

Kamloops

Salmon Arm Monte Creek Armstrong

Fort Rupert Port Mcneill

Aspen Grove Strait of Georgia

Shelter Bay Nakusp

Lytton Campbell River

Rosebud

Banff Anthracite

Powell River

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Radium Hot Springs

Fairmont Hot Springs

Kelowna

Lethbridge

Comox Valley Sechelt Gibsons

Pacific Ocean

Maps throughout this book are not to scale, and are for reference only. For an official road map, please contact each province directly.

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Qualicum Beach Lantzville Bay Coombs Nanaimo Vancouver

Nelson

Penticton

Sound

Agassiz Chilliwack

Trail

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Victoria Juan de Fuca Strait

Princeton

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Puget Sound

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NUNAVUT TERRITORY Caribou River PP

Stony Rapids

Fond-du-Lac Wood Buffalo National Park

Fort Chipewyan

Sand Lakes PP

Numaykoos PP Wapusk National Park

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Fort McMurray

Woolaston Lake

Paint Lake PP

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Lac La Biche

Grass River PP

DorĂŠ Lake

Lac La Biche

habasca

Flin Flon

Clearwater Lake PP

Playgreen Lake

Meadow Lake

Baker Narrows PRP

The Pas Elk Island National Park

Camrose etaskiwin

Tobin Lake

Vermilion

Lloydminster

Wainwright

Cedar Lake

Prince Albert North Battleford

Lake Winnipegosis

Lake Winnipeg

Swan Lake

Saskatoon

Dry Island Buffalo Jump PP

Big Quill Lake

Buck Mountain PP

Drumheller

Atikaki PP

Rosebud

Dauphin Lake

Yorkton

Dinosaur PP

Melville

Lake Diefenbaker

Swift Current Medicine Hat

Moose Jaw

Dauphin

Inglis

Riding Mountain National Park

Lake Manitoba

Regina

Old Wives Lake

Portage La Pairie Brandon Spruce Woods PP

Weyburn

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Hecla/Grindstone PP

Nopiming PP Gimli Winnipeg Beach

Winnipeg

ONTARIO

Castor

Whiteshell PP

Steinbach Warner

Cypress Hills PP

Estevan

Turtle Mountain PP

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student & youth t ravel

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“Sport tourism is any activity in which people are attracted to a particular location as a sport event participant, an event spectator, or to attend sport attractions or business meetings.” (CSTA) Sport team and event travel is on the rise as teams travel further to take in tournaments, events, and activities related to their sport. And sports travelers are doing more than playing the game and loading on and off a bus. Today’s team travel involves more activity and entertainment outside the sport purpose than ever before. Trips are getting longer, and they’re incorporating more tourism activity in the destination. Information Sourced from Student Youth Travel Association

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“Student & Youth Travel is travel by youth 25 years of age and under, away from their community, not for business, and not primarily to visit friends or relatives.” The Student/Youth travel market is a booming one, and on the rise each year. |In fact, it is now the fastest growing major market in the travel industry. As the student population continues to grow and students start traveling at earlier ages, the possibilities for prosperity in this market increase, and for the travel trade this is all good news.

student & youth travel

Why would your company want to work with the Student/Youth market? • Fastest growing major market in the travel industry • Easy to identify niche • Large travel market • They fill the shoulder season for many suppliers • High repeat business • Large volume of traffic (groups with 2 or more buses) • High commitment rate/Low last minute cancellations • “Seeding” future business • Disposable incomes

What You Should Know • 24% of all international travelers worldwide are student/youth travelers • There are 85 million young people in the United • State and Canada between the ages of 5 and 25 years of age • The largest youth group is currently 10-14 years old • There are approximately 18 million students in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada

In This Guide… The Group Travel Planner series of publications and GroupTravelPlanner.net is a highlight of tour suppliers that will accept student/youth and sports groups. Look for these easily identifiable symbols next to supplier listings in the Directory of Suppliers section of this publication:

Student/Youth Market Segments Educational Travel • Music/Performance Travel Sports & Leisure Travel • Summer/Teen Travel Language Travel • Grad Trips • College Travel

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directory of suppliers

directory of suppliers / glossary of terms

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organized by category

destination marketing TOURISM BRITISH COLUMBIA 510 Burrard Street, 12th Floor Vancouver, BC, V6C 3A8 Tel: 604-660-2861 • 1-800-HELLO-BC Fax: 604-660-3383 www.HelloBC.com

TOURISM ALBERTA

500, 999 – 8th Street SW Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 Tel: 403-297-2700 Fax: 403-297-5068 www1.travelalberta.com

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TRAVEL MANITOBA

TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN

Travel Manitoba is destination marketing organization offering marketing assistance and support in promoting Manitoba as a group tour destination. Collateral material, posters, videos, site inspections and familiarization tours are available. Manitoba is a land of contrast from the southern prairie fields and the rugged forests of the parklands to the northern tundra with an ocean coastline at Hudson Bay, home to Churchill the polar bear and Beluga whale capital of the world.

Explore Saskatchewan. Discover 100,000 lakes and rivers, some of the world's friendliest people and our famous living skies. The landscape is larger than life, the people down to earth, the cultural experiences authentic. A rich mix of attractions provide a wealth of tour options for senior, adult and student/youth groups. With everything you want in a tour destination, Saskatchewan is uncrowded and unspoiled, and has the perfect combination of sophistication and western flavour.

Dene Sinclair 700-155 Carlton, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3H8 Tel: 204-927-7862 • 1-800-665-0040 Fax: 204-927-7828 desinclair@travelmanitoba.com www.travelmanitoba.com

Joy Turner 1922 Park Street, Regina, SK, S4N 7M4 Tel: 306-787-5282 • 1-877-237-2273 joy.turner@sasktourism.com www.sasktourism.com

air transportation

glossary of terms

attractions

The following guidelines can be

step on guides in a specific area, ie city tours

boat tours

used when looking for suppliers

lobster suppers - locations specializing in

coach lines

throughout Holiday Media’s set

destination marketing

of Group Travel Planners:

transportation

accommodations - individual hotels,

in tour planning, step-on guide service,

accommodations

ferries festivals & events

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receptive tour operators - specialize regional chains

and group tickets in a local area

air transportation - local and international

recreation & adventure - helicopter rides,

lobster suppers

attractions - museums, galleries, parks,

whitewater rafting, golfing, fishing, hiking

rail lines

historic sites, zoos, casinos, botanical gardens

restaurants - individual and regional chains

boat tours - whale watching, dinner cruises,

shopping - malls, individual stores, markets,

sightseeing cruises, fishing tours

crafts

recreation & adventure

coach lines - charter companies, scheduled

skiing - skiing, ski hills, chair lift

restaurants

service, school bus service, special operations

sports travel - travel to an area for a sport

shopping

destination marketing - specializing in planning,

event as a spectator or participant

marketing, organization, and execution of group

skiing

student/youth - travel by youth under 25 and

tours for a specific region, itinerary suggestions

away from their community

sport travel

ferries - transportation

theatres - live stage, dinner theatre,

student/youth

festivals & events - single day or multi-day

performance halls

scheduled events in specific locations

wineries - tours, tastings

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guide services

receptive tour operators

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Discovering the Stories

A self-guided interpretive trail walk is a good way to learn about the landscape first-hand while getting some exercise and a break from driving. The wellbuilt and easily accessible trails in Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, will help you make your own discoveries and provide a good sense of the human and natural history.

Waterton Lakes National Park

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

western canada

Just about every time you turn around on your travels through western Canada, you learn something new. Every bend in the river brings adventure, every open door a new story. Parks Canada invites you to explore some of the opportunities available in Canada’s National Parks and National Historic Sites.

western canada

Canada’s National Parks and National Historic Sites

Parks Canada’s roving park interpreters answer all your questions, point out attractions and tell you some of the park’s many stories. In Jasper, roving interpreters can be found at Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon and in Yoho at Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the Spiral Tunnel pulloff. In Waterton Lakes interpreters are at Cameron Lake and Cameron Falls. Imagine soaking in a hot mineral spring pool as snowflakes slowly fall and steam rises among the rock cliffs and mountain scapes of the Canadian Rockies. Find true serenity and relaxation by visiting Radium, Miette or Banff Hot Springs. For a learning adventure, visit Canada’s National Historic Sites. Join Burly Men for Beef, Beans and Brew at Bar U Ranch. Experience the life of a fur trader while visiting Rocky Mountain House. If you’re heading to the prairies, take an “Indy Hat” but leave the shovels at home when joining the Archaeology Walking Tour at The Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg. At Lower Fort Garry meet the fur traders, farmers and craftspeople, Scots, Métis and First Nation peoples who bring the site to life. For More Information Visit: www.pc.gc.ca/traveltrade

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Harrison Lake and Coast Moutains, Fraser Valley Š Tourism British Columbia

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british columbia Canada’s West Coast Playground

Nestled comfortably between the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the province of Alberta, British Columbia is a destination within easy reach for groups seeking the abundance it has to offer. The province boasts a temperate climate and a wide variety of geography landscapes for you to explore, from the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains to the pristine

With so many reasons to

beaches of the Gulf Islands. Spend the morning hiking through a rainforest,

choose British Columbia

explore away the afternoon one of the fascinating heritage sites, and then

as a group destination,

relax over fine dining before heading out to enjoy the city nightlife.

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welcome british columbia to

Stanley Park © 2007 Tourism Vancouver

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Kootenay National Park© 2007 Tourism British Columbia

welcome to british columbia

British Columbia is a year-round destination for groups of all interest. And warm weather activities aren’t restricted to the summer months. Thanks to the province’s moderate weather conditions, birdwatchers, golfers, hikers, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy British Columbia practically year-round. Some of the finest ski resorts in the world are found here, as the world will discover in 2010 when Vancouver and Whistler host the Olympic and Paralymic Winter Games. For a top-notch tour guaranteed to bring smiles to your group, be sure to include British Columbia on your itinerary. The only challenge you’ll have is figuring out how to fit it all in!

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© Rocky Mountaineer

a traditional & scenic way to view the west Since the “last spike” was driven into the first-ever transcontinental railway at Craigellachie in 1885, joining British Columbia to the rest of Canada, rail travel has been prominent in the province. And Vancouver based Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, North America’s largest privately owned passenger rail service has written a history of its own. The company was established in 1990 and began with a two-day, all daylight journey through Canada’s West and the Rocky Mountains in the aftermath of the federal government’s decision to cut VIA Rail’s (Canada’s national passenger train) subsidized service and privatize the daylight tourist service that was introduced in 1988. VIA Rail’s loss was definitely RMV’s gain, as today the company begins its 17th successful season with multiple trains running on a variety of routes through British Columbia and Alberta. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations (owned and operated by Armstrong Hospitality Group Ltd.), who also own the Gray Line West motorcoach operations based in Alberta and British Columbia, is one of the leading tourism providers for travelers in Western Canada and has hosted over 800,000 guests from all over the world onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. RMV premiered two new tourist train routes in Western Canada in 2006: the Rocky Mountaineer’s Fraser Discover Route and Whistler Mountaineer train. These highly anticipated services complemented the Rocky Mountaineer’s current two routes, already drawing in thousands of visitors each year. Including the new Fraser Discovery Route, the Rocky Mountaineer train travels on three routes, in both eastbound and westbound directions: the

Yellowhead Route, which takes guests between the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia and Jasper, Alberta, the Kicking Horse Route, which provides a link from Vancouver to Banff or Calgary, Alberta, and the Fraser Discovery Route, opening up British Columbia’s seldom seen interior.

Escorted Tours Rocky Mountaineer Escorted Canadian rail tours bring a new, innovative experience to the Canadian Rockies, perfect for groups who enjoy meeting new people and hooking up with other groups on their trip. The Escorted Tour guests can relax and take in the magnificent scenery in the custom-built Escorted Tours Dome. Guests can mingle with others aboard the train and participate in one of the four themed onboard activities: wine appreciation, photography, storytelling and natural history.

Whistler Mountaineer Canada’s tourist train, the Whistler Mountaineer, was launched in 2006 and takes guests on a journey through some of British Columbia’s most magnificent scenery. Following the internationally renowned Sea to Sky corridor, this highly anticipated new rail route will link the world-class destinations of Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Travelers can enjoy the best of both worlds in just one day or longer with this service, from the bustling urban centre of Vancouver to the quaint resort town of Whistler. The three-hour trip onboard the train is comfortable and relaxing, with first-rate dining and scenery, and interesting commentary to enhance your trip. Travelling north-

bound, the Whistler Mountaineer will depart North Vancouver at 8:30 a.m. and arrive at its destination at 11:30 a.m., giving guests plenty of time to explore Whistler Village and the surrounding area. Southbound departures are scheduled to leave Whistler at 2:30 p.m. and will arrive back in North Vancouver at 5:30 p.m.

World-class Service All three Rocky Mountaineer rail routes offer two choices of service: GoldLeaf Service and RedLeaf Service. GoldLeaf Service began in 1994 when RMV had a custom-built, luxury, bi-level dome coach constructed for their rail service. Up to 72 guests will enjoy reserved seating in the two-storey glass dome coaches with spectacular panoramic views on the upper level, and in the elegant private dining room on the main level. Today the GoldLeaf Service continues to grow, representing more than half of guest bookings, with 15 GoldLeaf dome coaches in operation.

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british columbia & the railway

RedLeaf Service provides guests with assigned, spacious, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows, and at-your-seat meal service, in a non-smoking, air-conditioned traditional rail coach environment. RMV owns 33 RedLeaf Service coaches, which are classically styled railcars built in 1954 and have been refurbished and upgraded a number of times since then. For more information on Rocky Mountaineer Vacations’ full-service travel opportunities, including details on the new Whistler Mountaineer, visit www.rockymountaineer.com or www.whistlermountaineer.com and click your way to the rail vacation of a lifetime!

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getting here

By Land British Columbia features a fantastic and efficient highway system that criss-crosses the province providing easy access to all major destinations. Many of the coastal and island regions are accessible by ferry only, for routing information see the “By Sea” section below. The following are a few of the major routing options for travel within British Columbia. For complete and detailed highway information, call 1-800-HELLO-BC or visit www.HelloBC.com for an official road map. TransCanada Highway (Highway 1) crosses into British Columbia from the Banff-Lake Louise area of Alberta, traveling through Yoho National Park and into the town of Golden, BC. It is the more southern of the two TransCanada highways that run through British Columbia. It starts at the Alberta border and travels through such centres as Revelstoke, Kamloops, Ashcroft, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Vancouver and Victoria. TransCanada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) is the more northern of the two major east-west highways that cross British Columbia. It picks up at the British Columbia border from Jasper in Alberta, crosses through Mount Robson Park in the Canadian Rockies and provides access through the centre of the province. It travels through Prince George and on into Prince Rupert on the west coast before picking up on the Queen Charlotte Islands, its point of termination. Highway 19 is a major routing option when traveling on Vancouver Island. It picks up at Duke Point, where the ferry lands, and continues along the Island’s east coast all the way to Port Hardy. Highway 37 - Stewart Cassiar Highway provides convenient access to British Columbia’s northwest. It begins at Kitimat near the west coast, and continues north to the Yukon Territory border, passing through Terrace and Good Hope Lake along the way.

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Highway 97 - Alaska Highway is a primary northsouth route through much of British Columbia. It begins at Osoyoos on the Washington border in the south-central portion of BC and travels north through Kamloops, Williams Lake, Prince George, Fort St. John, and all the way to the Yukon Territory border. Greyhound Lines and Cantrail Coach offer regular bus service from Seattle (and other U.S. cities) to Vancouver. Regular bus service connects the Vancouver area with other parts of the province. Intraprovincial bus lines link most major communities.

By Sea British Columbia’s coastal and island regions are serviced by an extensive network of ferry services. Numerous ferry operators offer scheduled passenger and vehicle service from the mainland and Vancouver Island to many ports of call along BC's coast. BC Ferries For almost 50 years, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) has been transporting people, goods and services across the waters of coastal BC. It boasts a fleet of 35 vessels serving up to 47 ports of call, including major links between Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Queen Charlotte Islands and various ports along the province’s mainland coast. BC Ferries is the primary provider of ferry service in the province. Tel: 250-386-3431 / 1-888-BC-FERRY www.bcferries.com

Inland Ferries Operated under the Ministry of Transportation, Inland Ferries provides ferry service free of charge in areas where there isn’t bridge access to passengers or vehicles. www.th.gov.bc.ca/bchighways /inlandferryschedule/ferryschedule.htm Alaska Marine Highway System Offering ferry service between southeast Alaska and Prince Rupert, BC for passengers and vehicles. Operated by the State of Alaska’s Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Tel: 1-800-642-0066 www.ferryalaska.com Washington State by Ferry Several ferry companies provide vehicle and passenger service between various ports along southern Vancouver Island and the coast of Washington State: Blackball Transport – www.cohoferry.com Victoria Clipper – www.victoriaclipper.com Victoria Express – www.victoriaexpress.com Washington State Ferries – www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries Major Ferry Terminals in British Columbia Tsawwassen Swartz Bay Horseshoe Bay Departure Bay Port Hardy Powell River Prince Rupert Duke Point Langdale Downtown Sidney Downtown Victoria


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The awe-inspiring scenery of British Columbia has motivated artists for centuries. The birthplace of renowned Canadian artist Emily Carr is preserved in Victoria, and the Vancouver Art Gallery houses an array of her works.

By Air Most major destinations in British Columbia can be accessed by air. Air Canada is the major airline, and regional airlines and Helijet have scheduled service throughout the province. The province’s major international airport hubs are Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Kelowna. For more information on regional and international air travel to and from British Columbia visit www.HelloBC.com.

Northern British Columbia and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast are home to many sites dedicated to the preserva-

Victoria International Airport Tel: 250-953-7500 www.victoriaairport.com

tion and display First Nations art, including the majestic totem poles. Your group can explore the landscape which inspired BC artists, travelling by roads through Pacific Rainforest on Vancouver Island, by sea through the magnificent Inside Passage, and by rail across the Rockies.

Vancouver International Airport Tel: 604-207-7077 www.vancouverairport.com Kelowna Airport Tel: 250-765-5125 www.Kelownaairport.com

By Rail Traveling through British Columbia by rail can be a beautiful and memorable experience. The province is served through three different rail lines, providing direct and relaxed service to many cities and communities. VIA Rail VIA Rail operates through much of the province on three different lines. The Malahat line operates on Vancouver Island, linking Victoria and Courtenay. The Skeena line in Northern BC runs from Prince Rupert to Prince George, and on into Jasper, Alberta. The Canadian line serves Vancouver, Coast & Mountains and the Thompson Okanagan regions, continuing east through major stops in Alberta, Saskatchewan and beyond. Tel: 1-888-VIA-RAIL www.viarail.ca

Rocky Mountaineer The Rocky Mountaineer provides all daylight service between Vancouver and points in BC and Alberta. This relaxing two-day journey operates seasonally and follows the historic train routes constructed over 100 years ago through the Canadian Rockies. Check out the website for new routes, including seasonal service between Whistler and Jasper. Tel: 604-606-7245 / 1-877-460-3200 www.rockymountaineer.com

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B.C. BEAUTY

Amtrak The Amtrak Cascades line offers service through the Northwest United States, and into British Columbia. The line originates in Eugene, Oregon, and ends up in Vancouver, British Columbia. This scenic route passes through Seattle and Portland, past Mount St. Helens and across the Columbia River Gorge, providing some unparalleled views of the Pacific Northwest. Tel: 1-800-USA-RAIL www.amtrak.com

Other Helpful Information Ministry of Transportation The Ministry of Transportation Division of the British Columbia Government provides a wealth of information for visitors traveling to and within the province. Consult them for all of your transportation needs, including road conditions, construction updates, drivers’ safety information, and other helpful travel links. For more information contact: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation Tel: 250-387-3198 www.gov.bc.ca Drive B.C. Ministry site with up-to-date driving conditions throughout the province. www.driveBC.com

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british columbia glance

at a glance

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Area

Highest Elevation

Approximately 950,000 square kilometers

Mount Fairweather – 4,663 m (15,300ft) above sea level

Area Codes 250, 604 — depending on region, one of these area codes must be dialed for long distance calls into or within British Columbia. Also noteworthy is Mont Robson a UNESCO world heritage site.

Capital City Victoria

Climate British Columbia enjoys a moderate climate in comparison to some regions in Canada; In fact, the coastal regions experience the longest frost-free periods in the country. Varying from continental in the interior to marine-like conditions along the coastline, British Columbia’s climate is determined by prevailing westerly winds, blowing in warm from the Pacific Ocean. The southern portion of the province has the driest and warmest weather, and the coastal region sees the most rainfall. Average temperatures vary greatly depending on the region of the province. For example, Vancouver sees milder average maximum temperatures of 5ºC(41ºF) in January to 25ºC(77ºF) in July, where Northern BC and the mountains see average maximum temperatures of -15ºC(5ºF) in January to 20ºC(68ºF) in July.

Emergencies In the event of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate police, fire, and medical assistance.

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retail purchases except liquor, which is taxed at 10%. Some items including groceries, restaurant meals, and books are PST exempt. The GST applies to most purchased goods and services.

Major Industries British Columbia thrives on traditional industries such as minerals, timber, fish and hydroelectricity. However, in the last decade the economy has been given a significant boost by newer industries such as tourism (including eco-tourism and agri-tourism), high tech industry and the film industry.

National & Provincial Parks British Columbia boasts 7 National Parks, and over 850 regional, marine and provincial parks. Renowned for its beauty, this province provides world-class recreation and outdoor adventure no matter which region you find yourself in. Also noteworthy is Mount Robson, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Population 4,254,522 (official 2005 population, Statistics Canada)

Premier The Honourable Gordon Campbell, Leader of the Liberal Party of British Columbia.

Time Zone Most of British Columbia falls under the Pacific Standard Time, which is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time, and 3 hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Toronto/New York City). Some eastern areas of British Columbia fall under Mountain Standard Time, the same time zone as Alberta, one hour ahead of British Columbia. British Columbia practices Daylight Savings Time.

Towns British Columbia is made up of two major cities (Vancouver and Victoria), and more than 450 towns, villages, and smaller urban centres.

Famous People BC is the birthplace of many well-recognized names in the worlds of sports, science, politics, the arts and general celebrity. Among the long list are… Kim Campbell, Canada’s first female Prime Minister, Port Alberni Pamela Anderson, model/actress, Vancouver Island

Tax Information

Nelly Furtado, singer, Victoria

Most purchases in British Columbia are subject to a combined sales tax totaling 12%, a blend of the 7% provincial sales tax (PST) and the 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). The PST applies to most

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Arthur Charles Erickson, architect, Vancouver

British Columbia Fast Facts • British Columbia has the largest Chinese population in Canada • Approximately one half of British Columbia is covered by forest • British Columbia is the third-largest film and television production centre in North America (behind New York and Los Angeles) • At 1,368 kilometres, the Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia • British Columbia is home to the 96-metre Sitka Spruce tree called the Carmanah Giant, tallest tree in Canada and the tallest of its species anywhere in the world • The Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world • Mount Robson is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies

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Motto

“Splendor sine occasu” meaning “Splendour Without Diminishment”.

Visitor Information Centres

There are more than 100 Visitor Information Centres in British Columbia through the official Visitor Info Network. You will be able to identify these Centres by their distinctive green logo. They offer a variety of services including tourism information, picnic areas, washrooms, souvenirs and snacks (services vary by location). Most Centres are open year-round, those marked with an asterisk (*) are seasonal only. Northern BC Burns Lake, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, Granisle, Houston, Hudson’s Hope, Kitimat, McBride, New Hazelton, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte, Sandspit, Smithers, Stewart, Taylor, Terrace, Vanderhoof. Cariboo Chilcotin Coast 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Quesnel, Wells, Williams Lake. Vancouver Island, Victoria & the Gulf Islands Alert Bay, Campbell River, Chemainus, Comox Valley, Cumberland, Duncan, Gabriola Island*, Gold River, Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Qualicum Beach, Salt Spring Island, Sidney, Sooke, Tofino, Ucluelet, Victoria, West Shore*.

Mission, New Westminster*, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Pitt Meadows, Powell River, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish, Peace Arch, Surrey, Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, White Rock.

for more information

Mount Robson Provincial Park © 2007 Tourism British Columbia

Thompson Okanagan Armstrong, Chase, Clearwater*, Enderby, Grand Forks, Greenwood*, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country*, Logan Lake*, Lumby, Coquihalla, Oliver, VIC in Merritt, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Sorrento*, Summerland, Mount Robson*, Valemount*, Vernon, Okanagan Connector*, Westbank. Kootenay Rockies Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Elkford, Fernie, Golden, Columbia Valley, Kaslo, Kimberley, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Radium Hot Springs, Revelstoke, Rossland, Sparwood, Trail. Tourism information is also available throughout the province at independent municipal and community Information Centres that offer detailed travel information specific to their area. For more information call 1-800-HELLO-BC or visit www.HelloBC.com.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Abbotsford, Abbotsford International Airport, Chilliwack, Delta, Gibsons, Hope, Langley, Lytton,

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Chinese New Year © Tourism British Columbia

The following are a sample of the different Festivals & Events taking place all over British Columbia during 2010. For complete event details, dates and contact information, and a complete list of events for the province, go online to www.helloBC.com. Event dates are subject to change, check with each event to confirm.

February 6-10 Vancouver International Boat Show Vancouver (Vancouver, Coast and Mountains) The Vancouver International Boat Show is the largest boat show in Western Canada. More than 300 exhibitors feature the latest and greatest in boats and gear for all tastes and budgets. Events take place at the BC Place Stadium and the False Creek Yacht Club. Tel: 604-678-8820

February 21- March 9 Dine Around & Stay in Town Victoria (Vancouver Island) This fabulous dining experience invites visitors to sample the fine cuisine of participating local restaurants through discounted meal rates. Some of the city’s best accommodations also offer feature rates during this event. Tel: 250-414-6999

March 15-23 Pacific Rim Whale Festival Tofino/Ucluelet (Vancouver Island) Catch a glimpse of the migrating Pacific Gray Whales as they make their annual 16,000 km round-trip journey from the Mexican Baja Peninsula to the Bering and Chukchi Sears near the Arctic, traveling along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Take part in the dozens of entertaining and educational events being held. Tel: 250-726-4641 • 250-726-4600

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May Meadowlark Festival Thompson Oakanagen The Meadowlark Festival is named for one of the best known and loved birds in Western Canada. The festival was initiated by the Okanagen Similkameen Conservation Alliance to encourage people of all ages to experience and discover the natural environment. Chose from over 90 events and tours including guided walks, bus tours, bicycle tours, randing from bird watching, horseback riding, botany, geology and more.

Mid May Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival Columbia Valley (Kootnay Rockies) Birders from far and wide “flock” to this festival featuring more than 80 high quality events for all ages. Enjoy guided nature walks, evening presentations, live music, children’s festival, workshops, birdathon and much more! Naturalist Brian Keating, noted spokesman for the world’s wildlife and wilderness, will be participating in the festival. Tel: 1-888-933-3311

June Seafest Prince Rupert (Northern BC) Enjoy what is today a three-day celebration that includes Soap Box Derby, Show & Shine, Voyageur canoe racing, Various Harbour Events, Chili Cookoff, Senior’s Tea and Much Much more! Held every Summer in Prince Rupert, Seafest is a major attraction and a wonderful show of community spirit. http://www.tourismprincerupert.com/seafest2008 Tel: 250-624-9118

June Spilli Chilli Cookoff Spillmacheen (Kootnay Rockies) The annual Spilli Chilli Cookoff is a free event enjoyed each year by all ages. Enjoy great food, live music performance throughout the day, and fantastic evening entertainment. Come taste the fine works of chili chefs from all over the Columbia Valley and points beyond! Tel: 250-346-3390

June 20-29 JazzFest International Victoria (Vancouver Island) Love Jazz? This is the place for you! For more than a week the air is filled with sweet sounds of jazz performers from all around the world, providing entertainment at various venues throughout the city. Tel: 250-388-4423

July 4-5 Abbotsford Berry Festival Abbotsford (Vancouver, Coast & Mountains) An old-fashioned country street festival for all ages, celebrating the bounty of one of the world’s best and most beautiful berry producing communities. Tel: 604-850-6547

July 9-11 15th Annual Mile 0 Summer Cruise With 300+ automobiles from all eras on display and free admission, this is the largest car show in the north. Tel: 250-782-5804


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Artwells Wells (Cariboo Chilcotin Coast) The town of Wells has always had a vibrant arts community. Every year Artwells features over 50 musical acts, buskers, plays, a visual art walk, and free workshops for kids. This is a four day outdoor and indoor community event. www.artwells.com

Tumbler Ridge Community (Northern BC) Grizfest Music Festival GRIZFEST brings you music from traditional to the edge of experimental. Focusing on Canadian talent the festival is a blend of various musical styles for your listening pleasure. Now entering it's eighth year, GRIZFEST is unsurpassed in its beautiful mountain setting, great music and a community who is committed to the success of the festival. Reflecting Tumbler Ridge's community spirit, the festival is a family-oriented event that includes a wide variety of activities. www.grizfest.com

Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon Penticton (Thompson Okanagen) This traditional triathlon event on the North American Ironman circuit attracts crowds every year to cheer on the athletes and take part in fabulous entertainment and events. A unique opportunity to watch top-form athletes compete for many prizes. Tel: 250-490-8787

July 1st Dominion Day Celebrations at Western Canada’s largest history site Barkerville (Carboo Chilcotin Coast) Celebrate Canada’s birthday in the historic town of Barkerville. Celebrations take on an 1870s style with tug of war, funny face contest, greasy pole climb, children’s races and lots more. www.barkerville.ca

July Atlin Arts and Music Festival Northern BC Three days of Music, Film, Dance, Workshops, Crafts, Storytelling, Comedy and lots of great food. Tel: 250-651-2252

July 11-13 Comox Valley (Vancouver Island) The largest music festival on Vancouver Island, MusicFest features six stages of world class rotos music from around the globe. Tel: 250-336-7929

September 30 – October 10

Dawson Creek & District Fall Fair, Parade, Exhibition and Pro Rodeo Attracting thousands of area residents, this is 5 days of good cookin’, country music, family fun and professional cowboys! 250-782-8911

Okanagan Wine Festivals Okanagan Valley (Thompson Okanagan) For wine enthusiasts or theme tours, the Okanagan Wine Route makes things easy! Winding its way along highway 97 through the South Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos to Penticton and as far as north as Salmon Arm, the wine route includes more than 100 wineries, each unique in their own right. Many wineries welcome visitors for tours and tastings.

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Edge of the World Music Festival Queen Charlotte/Haida Gwaii Island (Northern BC) Held at the at the Tlell Fairgrounds the weekend offers a full venue of local and international family friendly music & dancing with fun for all ages. www.edgefestival.com Tel: 250-557-4339

Christmas at Canada Place Vancouver (Vancouver, Coast and Mountains) A Canadian tradition! The largest holiday event in Vancouver, this traditional celebration of Christmas festivities includes a charming Christmas village. Proceeds help less fortunite children in Vancouver. Tel: 604-775-8025

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Peace Country Music Fest A full day of outdoor music of all genres on stage at Pioneer Village. 250-782-7144

Christmas at the Butchart Gardens Victoria (Vancouver Island) The gardens transform into a winter wonderland of thousands of twinkling lights and seasonal decorations. Miles of fresh evergreen swags and wreaths, holly and ivy, and winter berries adorn the walkways and lamp posts. Tel: 1-866-652-4422

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Haida Gwaii / Queen Charlotte Islands - A8

Haida Gwaii, (Islands of the People) or the Queen Charlotte Islands, are a tour destination on their own. Accessible by an 8-hour ferry crossing from Prince Rupert or by plane from Prince Rupert or Vancouver, the Haida Gwaii is well worth the trip, for unsurpassed natural beauty, First Nations culture, and outdoor adventure. Groups looking for authentic local art have come to the right place as well. Haida and non-Haida artists are found in every community on the Islands.The Islands are also home to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Protected Area recently named the best National Park in North America. Haida Heritage Centre Located near Skidegate, this beautiful and modern centre explores the history of the Haida through interactive and audio visual exhibits. The Centre also houses the Haida Gwaii Museum which features traditional and modern works of Haida art alongside examples of the Islands natural history. The Centre sits on the site of the old Haida village of Kaay Linagaay, meaning Sea Lion Town. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Port Edward - B7

North Pacific Cannery Village Located on the salmon canning hub of the Skeena River, the North Pacific Cannery showed an impressive business history, operating all but two seasons between 1889 and 1968. Today the cannery has been restored by the Port Edward Historical Society, and includes 28 buildings on 18 hectares. Museum displays include life in the canneries, historical methods of fishing and processing, and one of the largest model railroad collections in Western Canada. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Prince Rupert - B7

Museum of Northern British Columbia Features displays on the spectacular history of Northern British Columbia, including architecture, archaeology, magnificent works of art, and artifacts. Visit the Carving Shed and see Northwest Coast art in the making. See the Kwinitsa Railway Station Museum on site. Enjoy the museum’s interesting tours and special programs. And don’t forget to take that special keepsake home from the museum’s extensive gift shop. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Terrace - C7

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buildings, built between 1900 and 1935. Your tour will bring you back to a simpler time through its authentic exhibits depicting the lives of the region’s early settlers. Interpretive guides are on site to help facilitate your tour. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Hazelton - D6

‘Ksan Historical Village & Museum This recreated ancient village stands where the village of Gitanmaax stood for centuries. Learn of the Gitxsan’s fascinating history spanning back thousands of years, through such structures as the large decorated houses and the beautiful towering totem poles. This village demonstrates characteristics of a typical Gitxsan village of centuries past. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Fort St. James - F8

Fort St. James National Historic Site Established by Simon Fraser as a fur trading post in 1806, today this site has been restored to commemorate its important place as a centre of trade and commerce during the 19th century. View the largest group of original wooden buildings representing fur trade in Canada, and experience the stories of the fur traders and Native Peoples of the region. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours


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Prince George - G8

Exploration Place at the Fraser-Fort George Regional Museum This exciting and educational science centre and museum is a treat for all ages. Features include the hands-on Explorations Gallery, Prince George Sports Hall of Fame, Paleontology Gallery, Critter Kitchen and Nature Exchange. Changing exhibits and events throughout the year. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Home to one of the largest vintage rail collections in the province, this museum was opened in 1986, the same year Canada celebrated 150 years of rail travel. Travel back in time to when the train was the main mode of travel, and explore locomotives, rail cars and buildings, and many other historic artifacts. The museum boasts indoor and outdoor displays for your viewing pleasure. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Hudson’s Hope - G6

Hudson’s Hope Museum/Peace Canyon Dam Located in an old Hudson’s Bay Company store, this museum houses some of the best examples of fossilized footprints in North America, uncovered during the construction of the Peace Canyon Dam. Also see exhibits of the construction of the W.A.C. Bennet Dam, plus two life-sized models of duck-

billed dinosaurs. Both the museum and the dam are located in Hudson’s Hope, only ten minutes away from each other. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Northern Alberta Railways Park One block from the city centre are some of the city’s main attractions: Railway Station Museum, Art Gallery in a grain elevator, Visitor Centre and wildlife display and the Mile 0 Cairn officially marking the true Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. A historic selfguided downtown walking tour starts here. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Mile 0 Post and Alaska Highway House Erected in 1946, the Mile 0 Post is one of the most photographed landmarks on the Alaska Highway. Dawson Creek’s newest attraction: Alaska Highway House offers interactive technology, fixed displays, WW II memorabilia, the one-hour PBS DVD: The Building of the Alaska Highway to tell the amazing story. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Atlin - B1

This beautiful community dates back to the 1890s, and offers visitors a unique and relaxing stop while touring in Northern British Columbia. Stroll through the town to get a glimpse into pioneer architecture and way of life. The MV Tarahne, a graceful passenger ship that traveled Atlin Lake between 1917 and 1936, is open for tours. In the evening, take in a live performance at the newly-restored Globe Theatre. www.grouptravelplanner.net

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Bella Coola - B4

Thorsen Creek Valley Consisting of more than 40 rock carvings, this site is a fine example of an ancient art form. To visit the site, contact the Nuxalk First Nations or the local tourism office to arrange a guided tour. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Hagensborg - C4

This historic community was settled in 1894 by a group of Norwegian settlers who made their way from Minnesota. Today groups can explore the charming town and experience the love the settlers had for the area. Visit the Sons of Norway Heritage House, or discover the one-kilometre Saloompt Interpretive Trail along the Bella Coola River and catch a glimpse of some wildlife.

Bella Coola Valley The spectacular Bella Coola Valley is an isolated paradise, yet easily accessible to groups. The valley stretches 80 km and beckons nature lovers and soft adventurers. The Valley boasts a temperate climate that encompasses the Coast Mountains, crystalline rivers and inland regions.

Discovery Coast Passage Circle Tour This is a fantastic way to discover B.C.’s remote coastline. B.C. ferries provides a remarkable tour from Port Hardy and Bella Coola. At ports of call, you will discover so British Columbia's true nature archaeological tours, traditional salmon barbecues, native dancing demonstrations, marine sightseeing expeditions, and historical walking tours.

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Farwell Canyon - F6

The canyon was carved by time from the Chilcotin River, and today provides some breathtaking scenery such as ancient hoodoos, pillars of sandstone formations jutting up out of the ground, and excellent photo ops. View one of the largest shifting sand dunes in Canada.

Quesnel - G4

Quesnel Museum & Archives This impressive collection of more than 30,000 artifacts depicts the history of farming, logging and mining life in the region and the province throughout history. It is home to one of the most significant collections of rare Chinese artifacts in North America, as well as an arrowhead collection dating back thousands of years. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Quensnel Forks Visit the earliest mining camp in the Cariboo. This fascinating ghost town was once a thriving mining town that attracted many gold-seekers in the 1860s. Visit the area’s restored buildings or stroll through the hillside cemetery. Time required: 2-3 hours.

Cottonwood House Cottonwood House was completed in 1865 and served as a stop for travelers and miners making the voyage to Barkerville and the promise of gold. Explore the historic buildings on site, including the Double Barn that once housed the stagecoaches, and even pan for gold in the Cottonwood River. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Soda Creek - G5

Xats’ull Heritage Village Soda Creek is home to the fascinating Xats’ull Heritage Village which portrays the life of the Shuswap Nation who occupied the area for more than 5,000 years before gold seeking settlers arrived. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours


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Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Located in downtown Williams Lake, this museum allows groups an insight into the ranching and rodeo heritage of British Columbia on both an historical and contemporary perspective. Experience what it was like to ranch on the Gold Rush Trail. Learn about the historic Williams Lake Stampede, and about the First Nations Peoples of the region. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Boitanio Park One of the region’s many beautiful parks is located in downtown Williams Lake, and provides a relaxing retreat for groups. Featuring lush manicured gardens, forests, and hills, you can stroll the grounds and escape to nature. A prominent feature of the park is the magnificent rose garden at the park’s main entrance. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Barkerville Historic Town This must-see group attraction depicts the history of gold seekers who settled Barkerville in 1862. More than 125 restored heritage buildings tell the story of this once bustling boomtown. Visitors will enjoy the re-enactments and “live” displays including the blacksmith shop, courtroom drama, and stagecoach ride through town. Minimum Time Required: 1/2 Day

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Tofino – B6

Whale Centre Maritime Museum From a 40-ft whale skeleton to a stuffed bald eagle, the exhibits here display the way of life found in the Tofino area over the years. Other items on display include native jewelry, whaling equipment, handmade baskets and crafts. Take a stroll in while exploring the village of Tofino.

Campbell River - D4

Haig-Brown House Roderick Haig-Brown was a renowned writer and avid fisherman, working continually to preserve the natural integrity of BC’s rivers and salmon populations. His beautiful home and grounds provide a tranquil setting to learn about fishing, gardening, and natural history. To view the inside of the house, groups must book in advance. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Comox Valley - D5

On the eastern edge of Vancouver Island lies The Comox Valley, a breathtaking hybrid of urban adventure and natural splendour. Explore the Valley’s stunning landscape while hiking, skiing, or paddling, or spend the day in a museum, take in a festival, and awaken your taste buds with one of the area’s many culinary offerings!

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Comox Valley Farmer’s Market With fresh, local products from over 80 producers including farmers, fishers and bakers, there is something for everyone at this market. Taste the finest that The Comox Valley has to offer! Comox Valley Heritage Experience Take a journey through the stunning landscape and intriguing history of the Comox Valley. From ancient fossils to ghostly shipwrecks, this 16-stop self-guided driving tour brings the Valley’s social, cultural and natural history to life. Mount Washington Alpine Resort In warm weather, this is a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers. In winter months, the resort plays host to skiiers and snowboarders from far and near.

Port Alberni - D6

MV Lady Rose Step on board and spend a day much as you would have when ships like the Lady Rose were the prime means of transport along British Columbia’s coastline. Visit nearby outposts on the Pacific coast, with experienced crewmembers on board to enhance your journey. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Alberni Valley Heritage Network A collection of four outstanding heritage sites await

your visit. The McLean Mill National Historic Site, the historic Alberni Pacific Railway, the Maritime Discovery Centre and the Alberni Valley Museum all give visitors a chance to discover the region’s history.

MacMillan Provincial Park - D6

Cathedral Grove Cathedral Grove is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees in British Columbia. Some of the Douglas fir trees that surround visitors are over 800 years old and one tree measures 9meters wide.

Qualicum Beach - E6

Milner Gardens & Woodland A seaside garden set in natural coastal Douglas-fir woodland. Plants here were gathered from the temperate zones of the world, including a significant collection of Rhododendrons.

Nanaimo - E6

Conveniently accessible by ferry from the mainland, Nanaimo is a great day trip for groups looking for an escape. Walk the harbourfront to explore the history of this early port, and take in some local sights as you go. Nanaimo Art Gallery Located on the Malaspina University-College campus and downtown Nanaimo, the gallery has a mis-


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sion to enrich the city and region through the visual arts. Permanent and changing exhibits include paintings, sculpture, and more. The gallery also hosts public events throughout the year.

Chemainus - F7

In 1982 the people of Chemainus invited internationally known artists to use the town as a canvas, and today more than 35 murals and 13 sculptures illustrate the town’s history.

Duncan – F7

Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre The cultural centre shares the pride and culture of the First People with visitors. Groups will enjoy the live Native singing, dancing and drumming. Minimum time required: 2 hours BC Forest Discovery Centre Indoor and outdoor exhibits display the province’s history of logging. Spread over 100 acres, see gas rail equipment, logging trucks and a 1920s steam train. Minimum time required: 2 hours

Salt Spring Island – F8

The largest of the Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island hosts a permanent population of 10,000. Famous for its easygoing lifestyle, Salt Spring offers paddling routes, horseback riding tours, local art in the Salt Spring Island Tour, and many more exciting activi-

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ties. Of particular popularity is the Salt Spring Island Market in the Park, held on Saturdays in Ganges Village from April to October. The island is accessible by Ferry from Sidney or Crofton.

Sidney - F8

Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Located in Sidney, just 25 minutes from Victoria the Centre is the newest way to learn about ocean ecology and explore British Columbia’s unique sea life. The Centre boasts seventeen giant aquarium habitats housing hundreds of fish, invertebrates and plant life that exist in the surrounding waters.

Victoria - F8

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Housing almost 16,000 works of art, this is the largest public collection in BC. Once contained within the 1889 mansion that now stands adjacent to the galleries, the Art Gallery prides itself on its diverse assortment of exhibitions. Its permanent display of Emily Carr’s work, BC’s foremost historical artist, educates and entertains visitors. The Butchart Gardens The Butcharts made their home on Vancouver Island in 1904. As Butchart used the limestone from his quarry, his wife solved the problem of an unsightly exhausted quarry by filling it with topsoil, and eventually turning it into what has become the spectacular Sunken Garden. Visitors will be fasci-

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nated by the variety of floral displays throughout the 55-acre gardens. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Craigdarroch Castle Built in the 1890s, Craigdarroch Castle is a Victorian-era mansion offering groups a trip into the past. Travel up through 4 1/2 stories to see the 39 rooms, most furnished from the period, and see how the rich and famous lived. On most days visitors can see artisans hard at work as they continue restoring the castle. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Centre of the Universe This educational and fun stop houses a planetarium, interactive exhibits and the 80-year-old Plaskett Telescape, originally used to study the Milky Way, today used by visitors to study the stars and sky. Gain a newfound appreciation for the planets and the universe at this fabulous stop. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada. A coastal artillery fort, Fort Rodd Hill was built in the late 1890s to defend Victoria. An excellent educational activity, the fort has three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses and barracks all telling the history of late 19th century military life. www.grouptravelplanner.net

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Vancouver, as well as direct service from other major centres. Each day, dozens of ferries and seaplanes also make the short crossing from British Columbia’s mainland and Washington State, connecting Victoria with Seattle, Vancouver and other nearby ports.

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, with a population of 330,000 people, Victoria is consistently rated as one of the best cities in the Americas by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Magazines. Vancouver Island has also been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as the top island in North America for the past seven consecutive years.

The perfect destination choice for so many reasons, Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada, year-round outdoor activities, spectacular gardens, intriguing history and attractions, and creative culinary offerings. Victoria is large enough to be genuinely cosmopolitan, yet small enough to be explored easily on foot with most attractions within easy walking distance of each other in the downtown core.

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is full of life! which are the focus of thrilling whale watching and marine adventure tours. Hiking, kayaking, sailing, fishing and golf are just a few of the year-round adventures also available. Victoria is world renowned as the City of Gardens. From the perfectly-groomed grounds of The Butchart Gardens and the city's more than 1,000 signature flower baskets that grace downtown lampposts in the summer months to a wonderful array of public and private gardens in almost every neighbourhood, it is evident that Victorians are passionate about gardening. From the landmark Parliament Buildings to castles, museums and art galleries, Victoria's heritage architecture and attractions invite visitors into a world of history, entertainment and colour. Don’t miss the Royal BC Museum where visitors will experience the natural and human history of British Columbia and its First Peoples through unique displays and galleries.

Also explore Victoria’s neighbourhoods such as LoJo, the Design District and Chinatown – the oldest in Canada! Victoria is known for specialty shopping and these areas boast quaint shops and local markets which offer everything from antiques to the wares of local artisans to the designs of the hippest trendsetters. Victoria’s wine region – The Wine Islands – is the fastest growing wine region in Canada. Southern Vancouver Island has developed a reputation as “Canada’s Provence” for its high quality, niche culinary offerings locally produced and harvested by a handful of farmers and producers. Visitors can experience Vancouver Island’s bounty in many of Victoria’s restaurants, but a farm and winery tour through the Cowichan Valley, Saanich Peninsula or Sooke will also introduce visitors to the area’s gastronomic delights.

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Powell River – B5

Located at the top of the Sunshine Coast is the city of Powell River. Walk the Willingdon Beach Trail and enjoy the forestry and first national artifacts. The trail ahs any access points that will take you to the beach or to visit the Powell River Historic Townsite a remarkably preserved example of a single-industry, company-built town from the early 20th century. The Sunshine Coast. Just a short BC Ferry ride from Vancouver Island or the city of Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast is a 180 km stretch of paradise where the mossy rainforest drops from a sculpted shoreline into the Strait of Georgia, is named for its 2,400 hours of annual sunshine. This magical place could also be known as the Scuba Coast, the Fishing Coast, the Serene Coast, the Wildlife Coast, the Arts & Culture Coast or the Health & Wellness Coast - reflecting the many attributes of the region.

Squamish - D6

Squamish Adventure Centre Be sure to visit the Squamish Adventure Centre, designed to emulate the spread of an eagle’s wings. The Centre houses many of Squamish’s services, including the Visitor Information Centre, Pause Café and The Squamish Store.

West Coast Railway Heritage Park Open year round, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park provides the opportunity to tour authentic railway equipment in various stages of restoration. It is being developed into a typical railway facility of the mid 20th century, set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada.

Whistler - E4

World-famous for its world-class skiing, Whistler is one of the top ski and all-season resorts in North America. The pedestrian-friendly city gives groups the opportunity to explore on their own time through the shops, restaurants, spas, entertainment, and more. 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games One of the biggest group destinations of 2010 will be the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The best athletes in the world will gather in this area in February and March for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, respectively. Tickets will be available closer to the date, so plan to be here in 2010! The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre This brand new facility offers the opportunity to learn about Whistler’s Native history. Hands-on activities, guided tours of the museum and exhibits, and cultural presentations provide guests with an understanding and appreciation of the unique Squamish and Lilwat cultures. Exhibits and interactive panels explore their relationship to the land. Minimum Time Required: 1 hours

Aldergrove - E8

Minter Gardens Located just off of the TransCanada Highway near Chilliwack is Minter Gardens, a world class 32 acre show garden, featuring 11 themed gardens designed to dazzle the senses with fragrance and colour. Other surprises include topiary Victorian ladies and an English cottage. Group dining options available. (Apr-Oct). Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Mission - F7

The Power House at Stave Falls BC Hydro Spark your imagination at an authentic 1912 generating station where you can see turbines and generators up close. Enjoy interactive games and historic displays that tell the story of how power helped build British Columbia. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Xa:ytem Longhouse & Interpretive Centre Xa:ytem is a 9000 year-old ancient Aboriginal village site near Mission, that features a sacred transformer stone and “BC’s oldest house”. Xá:ytem welcomes visitors to learn, interact, and experience Sto:lo history and culture, with a number of hands-on workshops such as basket making, drum making, and salish mat weaving. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Kilby Heritage Site Visit this lovely heritage community and a throwback in time. The Kilby General Store, est. 1906, is a fascinating gallery of products from the 1920s where costumed interpreters add to the time-travelling fun. Visit the old-style Post Office, explore the pantry and kitchen, milk house, and the fascinating Product Packaging Gallery.

Harrison Hot Springs - G6

Harrison Hot Springs has been a health and vacation resort since the first hotel was built here in 1886. Two mineral hot springs deliver water from 58° to 62°C (145F to 155F). The lake has a sandy beach and offers windsurfing, parasailing and boating. There are also numerous restaurants and gift shops.

Fraser Canyon - G6

Hell’s Gate Airtram See why Simon Fraser in 1808 said he’d encountered the “gates of hell” journeying through the Fraser River Canyon. But do it from an airtram as you descend 500 feet to river level. Hell’s Gate is located approximately halfway between Hope and Lytton, on the TransCanada Highway #1. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel Experience history in a recreation village located on the site of a 1920s BC Electric Railway tram stop. Be sure to check out the 1912 CW Parker Carousel and the interactive tram exhibits. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Whether for an afternoon stroll, or as a guided group tour, visit this unique cultural experience. Located minutes from downtown Vancouver. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour VanDuseun Botanical Garden plants from ecosystems around the world. It has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening in 1975. The mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of an outstanding plant collection which is a delight any time of the year. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Expand your Universe! Visit the Virtual Voyages 3D passenger simulator ride, the GroundStation Canada Theatre and the Planetarium Star Theatre. Hands-on exhibits, computer simulations and artefacts. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours IMAX Theatre Canada Place Vancouver’s IMAX Theatre is centrally located in Canada Place, also the home of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The IMAX Theatre offers group packages with other major attractions.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC The Museum of Anthropology is located in a spectacular building, overlooking mountains and ocean. View one of the finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art, as well as long term and temporary exhibits of indigenous arts from around the world. Vancouver Aquarium The largest aquarium in the country. Dive into another world at the Vancouver Aquarium in worldfamous Stanley Park, home to more than 70,000 fascinating creatures in over 160 aquatic displays. Vancouver Art Gallery The Gallery has more than 7,900 works in its collection, valued at over $100 million, including more than 200 works by British Columbian artist Emily Carr, making it the most significant collection of her work in the world. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Vancouver Maritime Museum Located in Vanier Park on the Vancouver waterfront. Celebrate the maritime traditions of the Pacific coast through historic vessels and heritage displays. For student groups, there’s the Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, complete with computer games and an underwater robot. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Vancouver Museum Delighting visitors for over 100 years, the Vancouver Museum contains incredible exhibits and collections to interest everyone. Explore the Vancouver


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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site This National Historic Site commemorates a 19th century salmon cannery that was once the leading producer of canned salmon in B.C. Become immersed in the stories of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry.

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Sewells Marina Sea Safari Eco-Tour Take a trip to the village of Horseshoe Bay and experience the fun and education of a Sea Safari Eco-Tour with Sewell’s Marina. Cruise along the BC coast, getting up close to wildlife onboard highspeed inflatable-hulled boats. You’ll find yourself racing beside steep cliffs, exploring caves, and viewing harbour seals at play and more.

Granville Island - D4

This charming cluster of galleries and working studios transports visitors into a colourful world of art and culture. It’s here where you’ll find the perfect art gift or souvenir to take home. Also here is the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Please note that coach parking can be difficult, so groups should consider alternate transport or walking into the area. Minimum Time Required: 2.5 hours

North Vancouver - E3

Capilano Suspension Bridge Built in 1889, and set within the west coast rain forest, it draws over 800,000 visitors annually, many brave enough to experience a trip across. Visitors can explore the Treetops Adventure, a series of suspension bridges through the treetops of the rain forest, with bridges reaching 100 feet in the air. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver Take a trip on The Super Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tramway, where guests journey up the mountainside 3700 feet above the city and Pacific Ocean. In the winter, take a sleigh ride through Grouse Mountain’s snowy forest, skate on the outdoor ice rink or try snowshoeing! Minimum Time Required: 3.5 hours

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Once hailed as the “birthplace of BC,” Fort Langley is an exciting heritage site for groups to explore, including panning for gold, viewing artifacts and climbing the bastion. The fort dates back to 1827, and features original and reconstructed structures and costumed interpreters giving guided tours. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Okanagan Wine Route - E5-E9

For wine enthusiasts or theme tours, the Okanagan Wine Route makes things easy! Winding its way through the Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos in the south to Salmon Arm in the north, the Wine Route includes more than 70 wineries, each unique in their own right. Many wineries welcome visitors for tours and tastings.

Cache Creek - B5

Historic Hat Creek Ranch A great way to experience life as it was during the gold rush. Hat Creek Ranch provided lodging, food and stables to gold miners panning in the area, and today the history is kept alive in the restored roadhouse, General Store, blacksmith’s shop, washhouse, horse stables and more. View one of the most extensive collections of pioneer farming machinery in western Canada. Located 11 kilometres north of Cache Creek. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Kamloops - C5

British Columbia Wildlife Park Come see the new 12,000 sq. ft. Discovery Center, which includes an eco-inquiry gallery featuring family oriented exhibits representing five major zones in the province. There’s also a nature exchange, gift shop, restaurant and a daily summer Falconry festival fea-

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turing the world’s fastest predators! Visit the miniature train and 65 species of indigenous wildlife. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Clearwater - D3

Aveley Heritage Sheep Ranch Come visit beautiful Wells Gray country, famous for hiking and wildlife viewing, to tour the 100 year old Aveley Heritage sheep Farm. The peaceful natural setting offers you the chance to view sheep shearing, feeding and cuddling newborn lambs or wandering with a shepherd in an alpine sheep camp. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Valemont - E1

Mount Robson Provincial Park Located just 35 kilometres (22 miles) from Valemount is the 217,000 hectare Mount Robson Provincial Park. At the park’s western entrance stands it’s namesake, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. With an elevation of 3,954 metres, Mount Robson provides what has widely been described as one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Canadian Rockies. Opportunities for viewing wildlife within Mount Robson Provincial Park are limitless. On a day hike, you may catch a glimpse of any of the park’s 182 documented species of birds, or its many indigenous animals. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Vernon - E6

Agritourism Every year, the 50 acre Davison Orchard and Vegetable Farm welcomes thousands of visitors to the north Okanagan to visit the working farm, visit an orchard, stroll through a vegetable patch or sip pure freshly squeezed apple juice! Next door at Planet Bee Honey Farm, you can watch honey bees working behind glass producing many of their “treasures of the hive”. Beneficial health products available in the gift shop. Minimum time required: 2 hours

Kelowna - E7

Kelowna, the “gateway to the Okanagan,” is home to the only international airport in the valley. The city of 111,000 people is a bustling hub where you can golf, winery tour, enjoy an afternoon of shopping and sip a latté in a neighbourhood café, or dine in one of Kelowna’s fine restaurants and then take in an evening show. A minimum two night stay is recommended. Kelowna Cultural District Kelowna’s Cultural District abounds with treasures, keepsakes, and nooks-and-crannies to explore. A tour of the Cultural District will reveal that the District is houses an Arts Centre, six Art Galleries, two Theatres, four Museums, a VQA Wine Shop, an Art Walk, several artist studios, public art displays and fine restaurants offering differing ethnic cuisines.


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Explore the boutiques and galleries, and be sure to find your special keepsake of Kelowna. Minimum Time required: 1 hour BC Orchard Industry & Wine Museums Two museums under one roof – an ideal stop for groups! The Orchard Industry Museum depicts the history of the Okanagan Valley’s fruit industry, and how the region was transformed from a wide-open cattle range to one of the top fruit-producing regions in North America. The Wine Museum focuses on the thriving wine industry in the region, with exhibits on winemaking technique and culture dating back hundreds of years. Enjoy a wine tasting at the museum, and be sure to take home a bottle of BC wine! Minimum Time Required: 1 hours

Summerland - D7

Kettle Valley Steam Railway The steam railroad is a place where you can step back in time and experience rail travel like it was 100 years ago. The KVR line once stretched halfway across B.C. but just 16 kilometres remain. Beautiful vistas will unfold as you wind your way through lush orchards, vineyards and over a trestle bridge, 75 metres above the raging Trout Creek canyon below. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Penticton - D8

Penticton is a mecca for history buffs. Visit the Okanagan Inland Marine Heritage Park and explore a restored 1914 steel-hulled sternwheeler, the S.S. Sicamous, as well as a 1914 barge tug and 1907 stern saloon. Storyboards, photographs, artifacts and restored cabins interpret the lifestyles of the day and the history of these historic vessels. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Osoyoos - E8

Nk’Mip Cultural Centre The spectacular Nk’Mip (pronounced in-ka-meep) Centre is a state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre, an architectural marvel sensitively constructed above a hillside and below underground. Extensive exhibits create a fun, interactive learning environment including two multi-media theatre experiences. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Osoyoos Desert Society Located near Osoyoos, in a Canadian desert, the Osoyoos Desert Society’s ecological interpretive centre is situated in a protected portion of the Okanagan valley and has a carefully constructed boardwalk throughout the property. Visitors can learn about desert ecology, restoration and many creature inhabitants including scorpions and rattlesnakes! Minimum Time required: 1 hour

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National Parks - C4-F5

The Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia boasts four national parks that fall within its boundaries. Groups can experience a wide variety of sight-seeing, outdoor activity, scenic driving, and much more in these parks, as well as the many provincial parks and wildlife parks on the way. So get out and explore the region’s beautiful parks, including Yoho, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke and Kootenay National Parks.

Craigellachie - C4

In 1885, Craigellachie was the famed site of the “Lake Spike” in the Canadian Pacific Railway that finally joined east to west, making Canada’s first transcontinental railway. It was one of the most challenging engineering feats of the century, and the historic Craigellachie spike was one of the greatest symbolic acts in Canada’s early history. Visitors today can enjoy a recreated period train station, picnic grounds and monuments. Minimum Time Required: 30 minutes

Revelstoke - C4

Revelstoke Dam One of the largest and most modern hydroelectric developments in North America is the Revelstoke Dam, built to regulate the flow of the Columbia River. Visitors will enjoy touring the facility, including an

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elevator to the dam crest to get an inside look at the dam and a trip to the main powerhouse gallery and other areas for the spectacular views. Guided and self-guided tours available. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Revelstoke Railway Museum Take a journey through the Canadian Pacific Railway’s past and present operations at this museum opened in 1993. See restored locomotives on display, experience the thrill of engineering a train at the Diesel Locomotive Simulator, and see the legacy of the workers and machines that created Canada’s first transcontinental railway. A good pairing with a stop at nearby Craigellachie, site of the CPR’s “Last Spike.” Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Rossland - C9

Rossland Museum This fascinating living history museum features more than you bargained for! Tour the recreated village sites including a parlour room and general store. Explore the must-see Le Roi Gold Mine, Canada’s only hard-rock gold mine open to the public. Discover the Western Canada Ski Hall of Fame honouring Rossland’s national and Olympic alpine ski champions. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Burgess Shale Fossils Located in Yoho National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is widely believed to contain the world’s finest Cambrian-aged fossils of softbodies marine organisms. A complete ecosystem of diverse animals are preserved in the shales, and visitors can gain insight into what life was like on Earth over 500 million years ago. Fossils can be viewed only by guided tour, with tours departing once a day. Minimum Time Required: 6 hours

Castlegar - D8

Doukhobor Village Museum Learn of the fascinating history and culture of the Doukhobors, Russian immigrants who came to Canada at the turn of the century, settling in the Kootenays from 1908 to 1938, in the orchard land they named Fructova, meaning “Valley of Fruit.” Permanent and changing exhibits are presented in an authentically reconstructed village, and include the petch (bread baking oven), wood-fired banya (sauna) and clothing made from naturally dyed fabrics. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park Near the town of Castlegar your group can travel back more than 3,000 years in time at the Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park. The Island has been home to various peoples over the centuries, dating back to the first Salish people who built their


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winter pit houses here. There is a reconstructed pit house on the island. Visit the restored Russian Orthodox Chapel House, built by Alexander Zuckerberg in the 1940s, or cross the suspension bridge to the mainland and visit the Hiroshima Memorial and its beautiful peace garden, built in 1985. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

New Denver - D6

Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre Dedicated to preserving the memory of the more than 20,000 Japanese Canadians who were forcibly relocated from the BC coast to remote internment camps during World War II. Located on the site of one of the ten original camps, this is the only site of its kind in Canada, and shows visitors the original internment shacks and other structures and items used by camp occupants, keeping the stories and memories of the camps’ occupants alive. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Kaslo - E7

S.S. Moyie The last operating passenger sternwheeler in Canada, this significant vessel had an important place in Canada’s history. It serviced the NelsonKootenay Landing Route, connecting the region’s new rail line beginning in 1898, though it was originally built for transport on the all-Canadian route to the Klondike. Self-guided tours available of the ship’s dining saloon and pilot house. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Hot Springs - F5

Revitalize and relax in some of the finest natural hot springs in the world. Just ten minutes north of Nakusp you’ll find the Nakusp Hot Springs in a narrow canyon of the Kootenay Rockies. Just north of Nakusp is Halcyon with its four pools providing a unique combination of luxury. The Canyon Hot Springs in the Selkirk Mountains offers 200 acres of natural beauty, and the Fairmont near Invermere is one of the largest and most popular hot spring pool complexes in Canada at nearly 1,000 square meters. Explore the unique cave atmosphere at Ainsworth, or the soothing setting of Lussier located in Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. The town of Radium Hot Springs is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Radium Hot Springs, one of the largest in Canada.

Cranbrook - G8

Fort Steele Heritage Town Experience life as it was in an 1890s pioneer town at this beautifully restored town of more than 60 heritage buildings. Interesting local characters will liven your visit as you stroll through the buildings and watch their street dramas unfold before your eyes. Enjoy a ride on a steam train or horse-drawn wagon. Be sure to take in the annual Heritage Showcase held each August. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours

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524 Front Street, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K6 Tel: 250-992-7071

Kootenay Rockies PRESTIGE HOTELS & RESORTS Prestige Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned chain of first class, full service hotels and resorts in the most beautiful regions of British Columbia. With locations in the Okanagan Valley, East and West Kootenay and the BC Rockies, every property offers easy access to world class golf and ski resorts, outdoor adventure and wildlife. We offer attractive group rates, complimentary meals for driver and guides with group meal purchase, baggage handling, and coach parking.

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SUPER 8 CASTLEGAR Super 8 Castlegar, located close to restaurants, airport and recreation, has a heated indoor pool, waterslide, and whirlpool. Rooms offer free wireless highspeed internet, inroom coffee, hair dryers, microwaves, and fridges. Included is the free Superstart breakfast. Executive suites are available with king beds, livingrooms, and double person multi-jet showers. Children's theme rooms by the pool are available. Meeting facilities and a business centre are on site catered by the Black Rooster Restaurant. Bubblee's Liquor Store Plus is adjoined.

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SUPER 8 MOTEL - CRANBROOK Additional guest features at our property include: * Dedicated 24-hour a day front desk * Indoor Pool, water slide & whirlpool coming soon * Complimentary Wireless high speed Internet * Complimentary Super Start breakfast * Adjoining rooms * Business Centre * Business and honeymoon suites * Complimentary vehicle parking * Remote control cable TV w/ movie channel * Children stay free! * Pet friendly rooms (applicable surcharges)

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Northern British Columbia SUPER 8 MOTEL DAWSON CREEK We offer your group 66 clean comfortable rooms including Jacuzzi, business suites and kitchenettes, modern fitness room and conference rooms. Super Start Plus Breakfast. We are located close to the Bear Mountain Ski Hill, Mile Zero Rotary Park, Water Wright Pioneer Village, art galleries and golf courses. Irene Folz 1440 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 1Z5 Tel: 250-782-8899 • 1-888-482-8884 Fax: 250-784-1988 super8dawsoncreek@shawcable.com www.super8.com

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Open May to August; our retreat-like campus is nestled in the heart of the spectacular Okanagan. With accommodation for up to 1000, over 40 meeting rooms ranging from classrooms to theatres, as well as athletic facilities, and full catering services for up to 400, we can accommodate all your group’s needs. Conveniently located minutes from; Kelowna International Airport, wineries, golf courses and Lake Okanagan we are an ideal location for your group. Peggy Walker 3180 University Way, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1V8 Tel: 250-807-8055 • 1-877-589-6073 Fax: 250-807-9157 conferences.ubco@ubc.ca www.okanagan.ubcconferences.com

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96 Terminal Avenue N., Nanaimo, BC, V9S 4J2 Tel: 250-754-6355

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424 West Island Highway, Parksville, BC, V9P 1K8 Tel: 250-248-2232

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2060 Marine Drive North, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 1V7 Tel: 604-985-5311

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430 Columbia Street, Kamloops, BC, V2C 2T5 Tel: 250-372-8202

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1225 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC, V1S 1R9 Tel: 250-374-4788

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1627 Abbott Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1A9 Tel: 250-763-7771

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TRAVELODGE PENTICTON 950 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, BC, V2A 1L2 Tel: 250-492-0225

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3000-28th Avenue, Vernon, BC, V1T 1W1 Tel: 250-545-2161

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands SUPER 8 HOTEL VICTORIA The Super 8 Hotel Victoria is a 3 ? Canada Select property. 100% Non Smoking. Our location is Downtown with a short bus ride or a 20 minute walk to the Inner Harbour. All rooms are Air Conditioned, Free high-speed wireless Internet. With ample Free parking for motor coach. 1 Comp room for every 20 paid rooms. Judith Morrissey 2915 Douglas street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4M8 Tel: 250-385-6731 • 1-888-385-6703 Fax: 250-385-6912 jmorrissey@super8victoria.com www.super8victoria.com

TRAVELODGE CAMPBELL RIVER

340 South Island Highway, Campbell River, BC, V9W 1A5 Tel: 250-286-6622

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2605 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2L8 Tel: 250-334-4491

2459 East Trans Canada Highway, Kamloops, BC, V2C 4A9 Tel: 250-374-2488

3581 Voght Street, Merritt, BC, V1K 1C5 Tel: 250-378-8830

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229 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC, V9A 1L1 Tel: 250-388-6611

2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC, V8L 1X1 Tel: 250-656-1176

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains ABBOTSFORD SUPER 8 MOTEL Excellent location! Immediately off Hwy #1, King and Queen beds, fridge/microwave/air conditioner/hairdryer in all rooms. Free SuperStart breakfast.Kitchen suites. Surrounded by several restaurants and shopping, all within walking distance. 24 Hr Tim Hortons right on site. Motorcoach parking, escort/driver comp policy, and baggage handling for a fee. NEW ADDITION - 58 addnt'l rooms, indoor pool/waterslide, whirlpool, fitness centre, secure u/g parking, business centre. Contact us for custom packages for your group. Looking forward to accommodating you!

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Carol Gallicano 1881 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC, V2S4L5 Tel: 604-853-1141 • 1-800-663-9842 Fax: 604-853-8967 super8@telus.net

CONFERENCES AND ACCOMMODATION AT UBC Situated on the spectacular west side in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia’s natural setting is complemented by attractions, recreational facilities, beaches, shops and restaurants. We offer a wide array of budget accommodations May-August, from private suites to shared apartments to dormitory-style guestrooms. Whether your group is 10 or 1,000, we have something for every budget and need. Bus parking, laundry facilities and cafeteria available onsite. Come and experience the best budget accommodation in Vancouver! Teresa Rempel 5961 Student Union Blvd., Vancouver, BC, V6T 2C9 Tel: 604-822-1060 • 1-888-822-1030 Fax: 604-822-1069 conferences@housing.ubc.ca www.ubcconferences.com


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Christa Park/Joe Komaric 2840 Sexsmith Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 2H3 Tel: 604-207-8000 • 1-800-653-3595 Fax: 604-207-8854 daysinnvancbc@shaw.ca www.daysinn.com

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PARK INN & SUITES VANCOUVER BROADWAY Welcome to the newly branded Park Inn & Suites Vancouver Broadway! We are in a central location minutes to Downtown Vancouver. Many of our rooms have spectacular views of the City Skyline and North-Shore Mountains. All of our rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. Complimentary services includes high speed internet access, local calls, newspaper and bottled water in the room. The hotel also features an exercise room, a full service restaurant and a pub with live music.

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Frank Mansson 898 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1J8 Tel: 604-872-8661 • 1-800-670-7275 Fax: 604-872-2270 sales@parkinn-vancouver.ca www.parkinn.com/vancouverca

SUPER 8 LANGLEY

On the waterfront in downtown Sechelt; a central location on the Sunshine Coast. Close to stores and new pool. Pebbles Waterfront Restaurant is experienced in group meals with friendly staff and reasonable prices. Comp meals for driver and escort; sorry, no comp rooms. New pillow top beds for 2008 including 6 Kings and 17 Standard Rooms; 5 waterfont rooms. Baggage handling available; ample bus parking. Princess Louisa Boat trip most popular tour activity; second is circle tour.

The Super 8 Langley is right off Trans Canada Highway 1 and Highway 13. Strategically located close to everywhere, from the Abbotsford Airport (15 minutes), Willowbrook mall(15 minutes),the Greater Vancouver Zoo(5 minutes),Historic Fort Langley (10 minutes) to Estate Wineries producing the finest wines in BC. Indoor pool with 80 foot slide and hot tub, fitness centre, SuperStart Breakfast,meeting rooms,coffee,and hair dryer in all rooms. Suites with refrigerator,microwave,Pets allowed. We are BC Tourism approved and certified PetsCanStay.

Bob Crosbie 5454 Trail Avenue, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A0 Tel: 604-885-5811 • 1-866-868-5811 Fax: 604-885-5836 driftwood_inn@dccnet.com www.driftwoodmotorinn.com

HOLIDAY INN HOTEL & SUITES NORTH VANCOUVER Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites North Vancouver is conveniently located 15 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver, 90 minutes from Whistler and close to world famous attractions Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Stanley Park. This Hotel offers onsite restaurant, Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Day Spa, Fitness Centre and function space. Coin operated laundry, ample free parking for cars and buses, free in-room internet, local calls and bottled water. Wheelchair access rooms, Baggage service upon request.

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Charmaine Alam 700 Old Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 2H5 Tel: 604-985-3111 • 1-877-985-3111 Fax: 604-985-0857 sales@hinorthvancouver.ca www.holiday-inn.com/nvancouver www.hinorthvancouver.com

NORTH VANCOUVER HOTEL

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Daniel Ilias 26574 Gloucester Way, Langley, BC, V4W 4A8 Tel: 604-856-8288 • 1-888-561-7666 Fax: 604-856-8229 info@super8langley.com www.super8langley.com • www.super8.com

SUPER 8 SURREY Super 8 Surrey is the perfect group lodging choice for teams and school groups. Comfortable, affordable accommodation with everything your group will need. Close to sports facilities, classrooms and recreational facilities. Moments from Highway1 and the Canada/U.S. border, yet 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Super 8 Surrey is the best value group accommodation in the lower mainland.We can accommodate large and small groups. League travel coordinators are encouraged to contact us for information on fees and special team rates. Roop Kooner 8255 166 Street (Fraser Hwy/166 Street corner), Surrey, BC, V4N 5R8 Tel: 604 576 8888 • 1 888 742 8889 Fax: 604 576 8884 info@super8surrey.com • www.super8surrey.com

THE COAST TSAWWASSEN INN

Our spacious, newly renovated rooms offer King, Queen and Double size beds that are ideal for business, seniors, wedding groups, cruise, families, teams, and tours. Our guest rooms feature: Microwave and fridge, A/C unit, coffee-maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, Remote control cable TV, radio & alarm clock. Hotel amenities include Executive continental breakfast, high speed internet in all rooms and wireless in the lobby. Daily pass to the Fitness World, free local calls, parking, newspaper.

The Coast Tsawwassen Inn is a renovated, full service all-suite hotel located in Delta’s picturesque seaside community of Tsawwassen. Conveniently located 5 minutes from BC Ferries Terminal for connections to Vancouver Island, 25 minutes from Vancouver International Airport, 30 minutes to Peace Arch Border Crossing and 35 minutes to downtown Vancouver. Facilities include: Beaches Restaurant & Lounge with semiprivate area for group dining, Indoor pool and fitness facility, complimentary underground and over-height parking.

Steven Chen 1800 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 3B6 Tel: 604-987-4461 • 1-800-663-4055 Fax: 604-984-4244 info@northvancouverhotel.ca www.northvancouverhotel.ca

Penny Dalton 1665 - 56 Street, Tsawwassen, Delta, BC, V4L 2B2 Tel: 604-943-8221 • 1-800-943-8221 Fax: 604-943-8299 sales@tsawwasseninn.com www.tsawwassen.coasthotels.com

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Charming non-smoking 66 room hotel featuring 5 star amenites at 3 star pricing. Complimemtary policy 1-15. Rooms feature comfortable pillow-top beds; duvets & extra pillows. In-room safes; fridges;C.D alarms. Complimentary use of 24HR Business & Fitness Centers. Free High-Speed & wireless internet access. Deluxe continental breakfast included in rates. Only minutes away from Vancouver International Airport; River Rock Casino; Richmond Oval; RAV/Canada Line; Richmond Center Historical Fishing Village of Steveston. Downtown Vancouver 20 minutes away.

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45466 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, BC, V2R 3Z8 Tel: 604-792-4240

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Yoho is a park of mountains, waterfalls, and glacial lakes. Its Takkakaw Falls is the second highest waterfall in Canada. Excellent camping and hiking opportunities make this a favourite stop for local and international visitors. Yoho’s Burgess Shale is one of the world's most important fossil finds. Designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, the shale contains the fossilized remains of more than 200 marine species, dating back over 500 million years. Box 99, Field, BC, V0A 1G0 Tel: 250-343-6783 Fax: 250-343-6012 yoho.info@pc.gc.ca

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Northern British Columbia

TRAVELODGE HOTEL VANCOUVER AIRPORT

3071 St. Edwards Drive, Richmond, BC, V6X 3K4 Tel: 604-278-5155

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20470-88th Avenue, Langley, BC, V1M 2Y6 Tel: 604-888-4891

21653 Fraser Highway, Langley, BC, V3A 4H1 Tel: 604-533-4431

21650 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge, BC, V2X 2S1 Tel: 604-467-1511

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A rare find, the YWCA Hotel is an affordable place to stay and boasts fully-air conditioned and modern rooms. The 155-room facility has private and semi-private rooms as well as guest area kitchens, TV lounge rooms, wireless Internet access, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, and a coffee bar in the lobby. The hotel is just a fiveminute walk from all the excitement that downtown Vancouver has to offer. The YWCA Hotel is definitely “Worth Checking Into!” Karen Newell 733 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2M4 Tel: 604-895-5840 • 1-800-663-1424 Fax: 604-681-2550 hotel@ywcavan.org www.ywcahotel.com attractions

attractions Kootenay Rockies KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK A park of contrasts, Kootenay has both cactus and glaciers. It features the colourful natural mineral pools of the Paint Pots, turquoise mountain waters of Marble Canyon, abundant wildlife, stunning mountain vistas, varied trails and enticing campgrounds. Open year round, the Radium Hot Springs is the largest hot spring pool in Canada. Nestled beneath the dramatic rock walls of Sinclair Canyon, the pool is a balmy 39ºC (103ºF) and the cooler swimming pool 29ºC (84ºF). Its features include a poolside café, gift shop and spa. Box 220, Raduim Hot Springs, BC, V0A 1M0 Tel: 250-347-9505 Fax: 250-347-9980 kootenay.info@pc.gc.ca

RADIUM HOT SPRINGS Open year round, the Radium Hot Springs is the largest hot spring pool in Canada. Nestled beneath the dramatic rock walls of Sinclair Canyon, Radium Hot Springs pool is a balmy 39ºC (103ºF). Families will enjoy the shallow section of the pool and the cooler swimming pool 29ºC (84ºF). Featured amenities include the Poolside café & gift shop and the Pleiades Massage & Spa offering aromatherapy, facials, Shaitsu, body treatments, reflexology, therapeutic and relaxation massage. Swimsuits, towels and lockers can be rented. Scott Turnbull 3 Km North East of the Town of Raduim Hot Springs, Radium Hot Springs, BC, V0A 1M0 Tel: 250-347-9485 hot.springs@pc.gc.ca www.hotsprings.ca

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FORT ST. JAMES This completely restored Hudson’s Bay Company post, located on the shores of Stuart Lake, was an economic powerhouse of trade and commerce in the 19th Century. It is the largest complex of original wooden buildings depicting the fur trade in Canada and portrays the relationship between the fur traders and the Carrier First Nations. Costumed interpreters provide a first hand look at how people lived, ate, worked and died more than a century ago. 280 Kwah Rd. West, Fort St. James, BC, V0J 1P0 Tel: 250-996-7191

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands FORT RODD HILL AND FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES Explore an underground magazine complex, look down the barrels of century-old coast artillery guns and enjoy spectacular views of Esquimalt harbour and Juan de Fuca Strait. Fort Rodd Hill is one of the world's best preserved 1890s coast artillery forts. Fisgard Lighthouse, built in 1860, is the oldest lighthouse on Canada's west coast. Located 14 km. from downtown Victoria off Ocean Boulevard, the site's open year 'round and has ample parking for cars and buses. Dale Mumford 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria, BC, V9C 2W8 Tel: 250-478-5849 Fax: 250-478-2816 fort.rodd@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill www.pc.gc.ca/fisgardlighthouse

ROYAL LONDON WAX MUSEUM Since 1961, Victoria’s entertaining and enriching world-of-wax has portrayed pivotal personalities across a wide spectrum of endeavours; from royalty and writers to leaders and legends. Life-sized and authentically costumed wax figures are displayed with impeccable attention to detail, enhanced not only by set design and special effects lighting/audio, but with the story-telling talents of the Museum’s ‘COURTIERS’. Group members may indeed echo Churchill by commenting that while in Victoria "this was their finest hour". Ken H. Lane 470 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 1W9 Tel: 250-388-4461; 1-877-929-3228 Fax: 250-388-4493 info@waxmuseum.bc.ca • www.waxmuseum.bc.ca


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Carol Watts PO BOX 188, Britannia Beach, Britannia Beach, BC, V0N 1J0 Tel: 604-896-2233; 1-800-896-4044 Fax: 604-896-2260 carol@bcmuseumofmining.org www.BCMM.ca

BURNABY VILLAGE MUSEUM & CAROUSEL

Nancy Stagg 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3T6 Tel: 604-293-6500 Fax: 604-293-6525 bvm@burnaby.ca www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN Experience a "window to another world" The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, named as one of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life of a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. You have never seen anything like it! Average length of visit 45 min. Wheelchair accessible through our gift shop. Group programs for students and adults. Complimentary tea and tour included. Constance Barnes 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K2 Tel: 604-662-3207 Fax: 604-682-4008 marketing@vancouverchinesegarden.com www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Experience a traditional Hudson’s Bay Company trading post including one of the oldest buildings in BC, and be transported to a colourful time where First Nations peoples, Canadians, Scots and Hawaiians worked together trading furs, packing salmon and farming. Watch our blacksmith bend steel, pan for gold, see the homes the Sto:lo women sustained or help the cooper shape a barrel. The site features original and reconstructed structures and guided tours by costumed interpreters. Catering available. Melissa Banovich 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R5 Tel: 604-513-4777 Fax: 604-513-4798 fort.langley@pc.gc.ca • www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO

IMAX THEATRE AT CANADA PLACE

Discover over 600 different animals (135 species) on 120 acres in the beautiful Fraser Valley. Experience the Lions and Tigers being fed, tour the Zoo on the Safari Express Miniature Train, complimentary narrated bus tour of the North American Wild and Radical Raptor Birds of Prey educational presentations! Guided walking tours available and wheelchair accessible throughout the Zoo. Dedicated to conservation, preservation and protection of endangered species; and the environment they live in. Open daily 365!

Ideally situated in downtown Vancouver's Canada Place, only steps away from Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre and gourmet restaurants, the IMAX Theatre is the perfect venue for many groups. Group packages are available with other major attractions and the lengths of the films are 45 minutes or longer. From corporate meetings and incentive travel to private films screenings and tour groups, the IMAX Theatre is your total solutions venue!

Jody Henderson 5048 – 264th Street, Aldergrove, BC, V4W 1N7 Tel: 604-856-6825 Fax: 604-857-9008 info@gvzoo.com • www.gvzoo.com

Stephanie Takagi 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3C1 Tel: 604-682-2384 • 1-800-582-4629 Fax: 604-682-5955 stakagi@imax.com www.imax.com/vancouver

GROUSE MOUNTAIN RESORT Fifteen minutes from downtown is Vancouver’s top four-season attraction. The Grouse Mountain Super Skyride whisks you away on a one-mile aerial journey to the mountaintop. Summer activities include ziplining, the World Famous Lumberjack Show, two orphaned grizzly bears, Birds in Motion Demonstrations and mountaintop nature trails. Winter activities include 26 ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, snowshoe trails, sleighrides and an outdoor skating rink. Multiple dining options for all tastes are available year-round.

NEW WESTMINSTER MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES

Michelle Evans 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9 Tel: 604-980-9311 Fax: 604-984-7234 info@grousemountain.com www.grousemountain.com

Cynthia Bronaugh 302 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC, V3L 1H7 Tel: 604-527-4640 Fax: 604-527-4641 museum@newwestcity.ca www.nwpr.bc.ca

GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM IN STANLEY PARK

Featuring the beautiful Victorian colonial 1865 Irving House, city museum, city archives and gift shop. New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada and is known as the Royal City. Bus & car parking on Royal Ave. in front and on (sloped) Merrivale at side. Handicapped access to museum and washrooms. Main floor of 1865 house is only 2 steps up. Reasonable fee charged for booked group tours. Check in at museum behind the house.

Situated over the Fraser River, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is one of the few remaining 19th century salmon canneries in B.C. In its heyday, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest cannery and the leading producer of canned salmon in B.C. Now a dynamic museum, step inside and become immersed in the stories of Canada’s West Coast fishing industry. Guided tours and interactive exhibits help you explore. Open from May to October.

Dive into another world at the Vancouver Aquarium in world-famous Stanley Park, home to more than 70,000 fascinating creatures. Vancouver's most visited attraction. Highlights include daily whale and dolphin shows, shark dives and otter feeds. The Aquarium is open everyday of the year. Plenty of motorcoach parking available with convenient drop-off and pick-up location. Driver and escort complimentary. Suggested visit 2 hours. Entirely handicap accessible.

Rob Hart 12138 Fourth Ave., Richmond, BC, V7E 3J1 Tel: 604-664-9009 Fax: 604-664-9008 gog.info@pc.gc.ca www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

Greg Holmes 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, V5C 1K2 Tel: 604-659-3546 Fax: 604-659-3445 info@vanaqua.org • www.vanaqua.org

HELL'S GATE AIRTRAM

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

Located in the Scenic Fraser Canyon – 2 ? hours East of Vancouver on the #1 Trans Canada Hwy. Ride in comfort over the Fraser River to our lower terminal where we something for everyone. Food services, shopping, history to gold panning! Competitive group rates along with Tram and lunch packages. Driver and escort are complimentary and welcomed! Free accessible parking with the red carpet rolled out! (literally). Open mid-April to mid October. Debbie McKinney PO Box 129 (43111 Trans Canada Hwy Boston Bar), Hope, BC, V0X 1L0 Tel: 604-867-9277; 1-800-663-4532 Fax: 604-867-9279 mckinney@hellsgateairtram.com www.hellsgateairtram.com

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Experience heritage. A traditional 1920s B.C. Electric Railway tram stop village has been created complete with period-costumed townsfolk who welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223 and take a whirl on the historic 1912 CW Parker Carousel. The Ice Cream Parlour offers light menu options and, of course, ice cream. The site is wheelchair accessible. Free parking. Tour operator rates available.

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The BC Museum of Mining offers an exciting underground tour of an historical site located between Whistler and Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway.This National Historic site offers:Friendly tour guides-Train rides deep inside a mining tunnel-Panning for REAL gold-Viewing of an authentic historical setting -Shopping for unique gifts in Chatterbox Gifts-Touring of the EPCOR Britannia Mine Water Treatment Plant Discovery Centre

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From Canada’s largest collection of beloved artist Emily Carr’s work, to ever-changing world-class exhibitions in a stunning neo-classical heritage building, the Vancouver Art Gallery offers the city’s top cultural experience. Engaging public and private tours, breakfast buffets, art workshops, and family friendly programming are among our new services available to assist you in building unique group itineraries. Convenient group drop off area, complimentary baggage check and wheelchair accessible. Don't miss the award-winning Gallery Cafe and Store! Joshua Desnoyers 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H7 Tel: 604-662-4719 marketing@vanartgallery.bc.ca www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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VANCOUVER ATTRACTIONS Vancouver Attractions, 12 Reasons to Stay Another Day! Visit www.vancouverattractions.com for comprehensive information on Vancouver's 12 top rated attractions. Offering a wide range of experiences - cultural, sightseeing, educational, adventure, entertaining - members of the Vancouver Attractions Group provide an experience for every taste, lifestyle and demographic. Each attraction offers group rates, special tours, bus parking and a variety of dining facilities. Individual attraction links from our web site will provide group sales contacts and additional information. Nancy Chilton 871 Nicolum Court, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2S1 Tel: 604-924-3750 chilton@telus.net www.vancouverattractions.com

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boat tours Vancouver, Coast and Mountains PADDLEWHEELER RIVERBOAT TOURS All aboard the M.V.Native! This authentic paddlewheeler is a reminder of the ships that used to navigate British Columbia some 100 years before her. The Lower Mainland’s best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Try one of our world renowned Dinner Cruises or a Discover the Fraser Cruise or enjoy a full day cruise to Historic Fort Langley or Pitt Lake. Celebrating special events throughout the year; including Private & Corporate Functions, Christmas Cruises and New Year’s Eve. Departing from New Westminster. Relive the excitement of the 19th century.

VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM Exhibits showcase rich maritime history and traditions of Pacific Coast. Explore the world of shipwrecks, explorers, pirates, lighthouses, early fur trade, deep ocean exploration and so much more. Step back in time to 1944 on board St Roch, Canada’s celebrated RCMP Arctic schooner. Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, interactive displays, family activities, historic and classic boats in Heritage Harbour, feature exhibits. Seafaring fun at its best! Minutes from downtown, short stroll to Granville Island. Onsite parking, wheelchair accessible. Debbie Tardiff 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1A3 Tel: 604-257-8300 Fax: 604-737-2621 info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

WEST COAST RAILWAY HERITAGE PARK Home of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, and Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway Equipment. Ride the 3 km Miniature Railway, explore the Garden and Model Railway displays and climb aboard snowplows, cabooses & locomotives. Town centre features Brightbill Heritage House and the Squamish Station, designed in 1915 but not built until 2000. The brand new 21,000 sq.ft. CN Roundhouse/Conference Centre & turntable plaza will open August, 2009. Trainloads of fun for the whole family! Nathan Pinfield PO Box 2387, Squamish, BC, V8B 0B6 Tel: 604-898-9336 Fax: 604-898-9349 park@wcra.org www.wcra.org

Frank Froebel #139 - 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC, V3M 6B9 Tel: 604-525-4465 • 1-877-825-1302 Fax: 604-525-5944 info@vancouverpaddlewheeler.com www.vancouverpaddlewheeler.com

coach lines Vancouver, Coast and Mountains PACIFIC COACH LINES Pacific Coach Lines offers group charter services with the most competitive one-way rates between Vancovuer and Victoria. Our fleet consists of 62, 56, 47 passenger coaches and a wheelchair accessible coach. We offer regular scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria, BC; and between YVR and Whistler, special rates available for groups of 15 or more, escorts are comp. Sightseeing Tours include Butchart Gardens and Whale Watching, and packaged vacations in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Seattle. Ron Davis 210 - 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, BC, V6A 4C7 Tel: 604-708-8118 • 1-800-661-1725 Fax: 604-681-1515 info@pacificcoach.com www.pacificcoach.com

destination marketing Cariboo Chilcotin Coast CARIBOO CHILCOTIN COAST 204-350 Barnard Street Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T9 Tel: 250-392-2226 • 1-800-663-5885 www.landwithoutlimits.com

Kootenay Rockies KOOTENAY ROCKIES

1905 Warren Avenue, Box 10 Kimberley, BC V1A 25Y Tel: 250-427-4838 • 1-800-661-6603 www.landwithoutlimits.com

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Northern British Columbia NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1274 5th Avenue, PO Box 2373 Prince George, BC V2L 3L2 Tel: 250-561-0432 www.northerntourism.com

Victoria Island, Victoria & the Gulf Islands VICTORIAL ISLAND, VICTORIA & THE GULF ISLANDS 501-65 Front Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 5H9 Tel: 250-561-0432 www.northerntourism.com

Vancouver, Coast and Moutains VANCOUVER, COAST AND MOUNTAINS

210 West Broadway, Suite 600 Vancouver, BC V5Y 3W2 Tel: 604-739-9011 • 1-800-667-3306 www.vcmbc.com

TOURISM ABBOTSFORD Abbotsford welcomes group travelers to a place where all the amenities and attractions of a modern city are right in the middle of one of the most beautiful and bountiful agricultural areas on earth. The city is an eclectic blend of trend setting urban style and friendly country living with a broad range of activities that will intrigue groups of any kind. The Tourism Abbotsford team looks forward to assisting with all your group traveling needs. Allison Longshore 34561 Delair Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 2E1 Tel: 604-864-5675; 1-888-332-2229 Fax: 604-850-7699 alongshore@tourismabbotsford.ca www.tourismabbotsford.ca

Thompson Okanagan THOMPSON OKANAGAN

2280-D Leckie Road Kelowna, BC V1X 6G6 Tel: 250-492-0394 • 1-800-567-2275 www.totabc.com

receptive tour operators Cariboo Chilcotin Coast ADVENTURE NORTH TOURS INC. Adventure North Tours Inc. is located in the interior of beautiful British Columbia in close proximity to Barkerville Historic Towne and the Bowron Lake chains. In addition to these tours, we travel to Fort St. James, Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte Islands, Okanogan Valley, Vancouver,Victoria and the Canadian Rockies. We offer customized tours including transportation, accommodations & activities. We provide luxury motor coaches with professional drivers. Our tour guides are knowledgeable, friendly and attend to every detail. Debbie Quick 1471 Quesnel Hixon Road, P.O. Box 4126, Quesnel, BC, V2J 3J2 Tel: 250-992-5169 • 1-866-992-5169 Fax: 250-747-3531 adventurenorth@shaw.ca www.adventurenorthtours.com


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alberta Bow Lake, Banff National Park © Travel Alberta

alberta Your group’s gateway to the Rockies If a visit to Alberta were played out on a movie screen, it would definitely win more than its share of cinematic awards. The cinematography of the landscapes and stunning geography would leave you breathless. The warm and friendly characters would invite you in. The excitement and drama would keep your attention. And the weepy finish as the visit comes to an end would steal the show. Groups are drawn to Alberta for many reasons, proving again and again the province is among the top destinations in North America. Come and experience the uniqueness and diversity Alberta has to offer from the cowboy heritage and Rocky Mountains to the exciting cityscapes and world-class amenities.

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If traveling to Western Canada is on your agenda for the 2010 season, Alberta is a must for groups looking for memorable experiences. It’s a place where the past comes alive and the present makes for the trip of a lifetime!

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a world-wide organization that is dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s cultural and heritage sites, from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America. These sites belong to all the peoples of the world, regardless of what region or country they are in. Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found in Alberta, and considering there are only 13 Sites in all of Canada this is something to be quite proud of! Group tours interested in taking in some World Heritage in the convenience of one province can do so here in Alberta. Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, Wood Buffalo National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park are the five parts of this fascinating group tour circuit, spread throughout the province within driving distance to one another. Begin your tour in the southwest corner of the province, where you’ll find Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. Located on both sides of the Alberta, Canada and Montana, United States border, this beautiful park was the first International Peace Park in the world, formed in 1932 by combining Montana’s Glacier National Park and Alberta’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Today visitors will enjoy

the peaceful surroundings, rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, alpine and glacial features. From Waterton, head north on Highway 6 toward your next stop, Head-Smashed-InBuffalo-Jump. Here you will see a vast collection of thousands of years worth of buffalo (American Bison) skeletons, evidence of a custom practiced by aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. They used their knowledge of topography and the buffalo behaviour to kill their prey by chasing them over a precipice, later carving their carcasses below and leaving the skeletons behind. This remarkable historic site is the largest, oldest and best preserved of all buffalo jumps in the world. From Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, head north on Highway 36 to a world unlike anything you’ve seen. Dinosaur Provincial Park is home to some of the most extensive dinosaur bone fields in the world, some dating back 75 million years, and visitors can enjoy daily summer interpretive programs and digs. The park features stunning scenery including the mystical hoodoos that tower up out of the ground, and it is located in the heart of Alberta’s badlands.

Parks. Four adjacent parks make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, along with Kootenay and Yoho National Parks in neighboring British Columbia. Your trip here could be a day or last several weeks, as all parks are a haven for groups seeking outdoor activity, spectacular scenery, world-class amenities and so much more.

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Your last stop on the tour is also the furthest out of the tour circle, but well worth the visit. Wood Buffalo National Park in the far northeast corner of Alberta is the second largest national park in the world at just under 45,000 square kilometers. The park is home to North America’s largest population of wild buffalo, and it is the last natural nesting place of the whooping crane. Here you can explore vast wilderness and wildlife, boreal forest, shallow lakes, and other exciting adventures. The park is accessible by coach through Peace River country into the Northwest Territories to the park’s closest hub, Fort Smith. You can also fly from Edmonton or Calgary. For more information on the UNESCO World Heritage Tour in Alberta, or any of these sites, please visit www.travelalberta.com.

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Area

Hostelling

Tax Information

661,185 square kilometers

Alberta offers 16 hostels across the province, ranging from very basic (bed, kitchen facilities) to quite superior (family rooms, laundry, saunas, etc.). Hostels provide excellent accommodation choices to travelers seeking alternatives. Alberta’s 16 hostels can be found in Jasper, Banff, Waterton, Kananaskis Country, David Thompson Country, Calgary and Edmonton.

Alberta is the only province in Canada with no Provincial Sales Tax (PST). However, there is a 4% Tourism Levy on all hotel rooms. The Canadian Government also charges 6% Goods & Services Tax (GST) on most purchases. Non-residents of Canada can claim a GST rebate on some accommodations and purchases taken out of the country. For more information visit www.cra-arc.ga.ca/tax.

Major Industries

Time Zone

Alberta's major industries are energy, business and commercial services, transportation and utilities, finance and real estate, retail and wholesale trade, and manufacturing. Over the past decade, the economy has experienced rapid growth in such industries as petrochemicals, forest products, food processing, machinery, electronics and telecommunications, tourism, and business services. Tourism generates over $4 billion in revenues each year.

Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Area Codes 403, 780 — depending on region, one of these area codes must be dialed for long distance calls into or within Alberta.

Capital City Edmonton

Climate Alberta’s climate varies widely from season to season, like most of the Canadian provinces, ranging from warm and sunny in the summer to cold and snowy in the winter. Spring and fall are generally moderate as the province transitions between the contrary conditions of summer and winter. Average temperatures throughout the year range from 20°C to 23°C (68°F to 73°F) in the summer, and –8°C to –25°C (18°F to -13°F) in the winter.

Alberta is the birthplace of many well-recognized names in the worlds of sports, science, politics, the arts and general celebrity. Among the long list are… Michael J. Fox, actor, Edmonton Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter, Fort MacLeod

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Owen Hart, professional wrestler, Calgary Lynn Seymour, ballet dancer, Wainwright

In the event of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate police, fire, and medical assistance.

Alberta boasts 5 National Parks, and more than 60 provincial parks. The province is world-famous for its superior natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Of Canada’s 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 5 are located in Alberta, and each one is a national treasure in its own right.

Highest Elevation

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Mount Columbia – 3,747m (12,294ft) above sea level

2,907,882 (official 2001 population)

Emergencies

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Alberta Fast Facts • Banff National Park is Canada’s first and oldest national park

If a visit to Edmonton or Calgary is on your group’s itinerary, take in a hockey game and enjoy the up-close excitement of the NHL at its finest! In Calgary, the Flames take on many of the league’s best teams throughout

• West Edmonton Mall is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex • Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest national park in Canada, and the second largest in the world

• The Calgary Saddledome has the world’s largest cable suspended roof “reverse hyperbolic paraboloid” • The Calgary Stampede is referred to as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth • St. Paul is home to the world’s first and only U.F.O. landing pad • Edmonton has more park land per capita than any other North American city

the season, at the 20,100 person capacity

• Wood Buffalo National Park also is home to the largest herd of free roaming bison in the world

Pengrowth Saddledome. In Edmonton the

• Lake Louise is the largest ski area in Canada

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• The world’s largest Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka) is located in Vegreville

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• Moraine Lake in Banff National Park is one of the most photographed lakes in the world

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• The world’s largest Tyrannosaurus Rex is located in Drumheller

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Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep

• Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is North America's largest, oldest and best preserved buffalo jump site

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• The world’s largest oil sands development (Suncor/Syncrude Oil Sand Plant) is located in Fort McMurray

the edge of their seats for an evening!

• McLennan is the bird capital of Canada

17,000 fans can see the team play host to some of the most dynamic players in the NHL. Both arenas regularly cater to groups, with personal account executives to help to plan and organize your visit. Join some of the loudest fans in the NHL for a night of jeers, cheers, hits and misses. Live hockey action

• The world’s tallest teepee is in Medicine Hat

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• The Olympic Hall of Fame in Calgary is the largest Olympic museum in the world

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getting here

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By Land TransCanada Highway (Highway 1) is one of the two major east-west highways crossing Alberta. The more southerly of the two TransCanada Highways, it enters Alberta at Walsh on the Saskatchewan border, and continues through the southern centers of Medicine Hat, Calgary, Canmore and Banff, where it continues into the Canadian Rocky Mountains and on into British Columbia. TransCanada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) is the other major east-west highway across the province. It starts at Lloydminster on the Saskatchewan border and continues directly west through such centers as Edmonton, Edson, Hinton and Jasper before crossing the Canadian Rocky Mountains and into British Columbia. Highway 2 is the primary north-south route through much of Alberta. It begins near the Montana border and travels directly north through centers such as Crowsnest Pass, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, and Athabasca before heading northwest toward Slave Lake, Peace River and Grimshaw.

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Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) is an alternate north-south route for those seeking more of the scenic route of travel. It travels through the mountain parks of Banff and Jasper, and takes in the majestic Columbia Icefield along the way. It connects with both TransCanada Highways for easy access.

By Air International airports in Calgary and Edmonton provide direct and connecting flights to more than 100 cities around the world on most major airlines and charter companies. Several airlines also provide scheduled and chartered service to smaller airports and other points in the province, including some of Alberta’s more northern regions. Calgary International Airport Tel: 403-735-1200 www.calgaryairport.com Edmonton International Airport Tel: 780-890-8900 www.edmontonairports.com

By Rail Via Rail - One of the most scenic and relaxing ways to see Alberta is on the train. Alberta is served by Canada’s national passenger train service, Via Rail, through its Canadian service. The Canadian travels between Toronto and Vancouver, crossing through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and into British Columbia. Major Alberta stops include Edmonton and Jasper. Tel: 1-888-VIA-RAIL www.viarail.ca

Other Helpful Information Infrastructure & Transportation The Infrastructure & Transportation Division of the Alberta Government provides a wealth of information for visitors using the province’s highways for travel. Consult them for all of your transportation needs, including permits, road conditions, construction updates, drivers’ safety information, and the Transportation Safety Board. For more information contact: Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation Tel: 780-427-2731 www.trans.gov.ab.ca


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Visitor Information Centres There are more than 100 Visitor Information Centres in Alberta, offering travelers tourism information, picnic areas, washrooms, souvenirs and snacks. They are open from early May to mid-October (Canmore is year-round), and are conveniently located on major travel routes and border points. TransCanada (Highway 1) Canmore, between Calgary and the British Columbia border Walsh, near Saskatchewan border TransCanada Yellowhead (Highway 16) Lloydminster, on the Saskatchewan border Hinton, Canadian Rockies (at Highway 40) Highway 4 & 5 Milk River, on the Montana border Highway 40 Grande Prairie, Alberta’s North Highway 41 Oyen, near Saskatchewan border Crowsnest Highway Crowsnest Pass on the British Columbia border

British Columbia Field, British Columbia, on the Alberta border Montana, United States West Glacier, Montana, just across Alberta border Tourism information is also available throughout the province at more than 100 municipal and community Visitor Information Centres that offer detailed travel information specific to their area. For more information call 1-800-ALBERTA or visit www.travelalberta.com.

Helpful Contacts For expert advice on how to plan your tour to Alberta, or to order additional planning and promotional materials, we invite you to contact the province directly. Experienced travel professionals are standing by to help you with your plans!

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Mile Zero Antique Truck Museum ©2007 Travel Alberta

Professional Spectator Sports Calgary Flames (NHL Hockey) Tel: 403-777-4646 www.calgaryflames.com Calgary Stampeders (CFL Football) Tel: 403-289-0258 www.stampeders.com Edmonton Oilers (NHL Hockey) Tel: 780-414-GOAL www.edmontonoilers.com Edmonton Eskimos (CFL Football) Tel: 780-448-ESKS www.esks.com

Travel Alberta 999 – 8th Street SW, Suite 760 Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 Toll Free: 1-800-ALBERTA Outside North America: 403-509-2590 Fax: 403-509-2598 www.TravelAlberta.com

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Calgary Stampede Grounds ©2007 Travel Alberta

The following are a sample of the different Festivals & Events taking place all over Alberta during 2010. For complete event details, dates and contact information, and a complete list of events for the province, go online to www.travelalberta.com. Event dates are subject to change, check with each event to confirm information.

February 8-18 Calgary Winterfest Calgary (Calgary & Area) This annual festival celebrate winter, the arts, culture, sports and recreation. Held at various locations throughout the city, including Fort Calgary, Heritage Park, and Canada Olympic Park. Tel: 403-543-5480

Always Family Day Weeknd Alberta Pond Hockey Campionships

February 25 Maple Sugar Shack Lac La Biche (Alberta Central) Enjoy the sweet taste of maple sugar on snow in this traditional Francophone celebration held in Lac La Biche next to McArthur Park. Tel: 780-623-2662

Late February Natural Luge World Cup Race 1 Grand Prairie (Alberta North) Take in some exciting natural track luge action! Up to 70 international athletes visit the Grande Prairie area to compete in back to back World Cup races sanctioned by the International Luge Federation. Tel: 780-532-6637

Mid April High River Senior Pro Rodeo High River (Calgary & Area) This 13th annual indoor rodeo is a three-day event promising to get the adrenaline pumping. A cowboy social and live auction will be held after the rodeo. Tel: 403-652-3336

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Banff Summer Arts Festival Banff (Canadian Rockies) A celebration of music, dance, films, opera, visual and literary arts, exhibitions, and new media events featuring artists from Alberta, the rest of Canada and around the world. Tel: 403-762-6301

The National at Spruce Meadows Calgary (Calgary & Area) Featuring all of North America’s best riders, and a number of European champions, the National Tournament is a world-class equestrian event with over $880,000 in prize money available to the athletes. Also features the famous RCMP Musical Ride. Tel: 403-974-4200

May 21 Celebration of Spring Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) Ukrainian dance groups dazzle with their vibrant costumes and boundless energy as they perform throughout the day. Watch historic settlers prepare fields and welcome the new spring season. In addition to a fabulous quilt display, there are children’s activities, a Village Market, musical entertainment, and sheep shearing.

May 27-31 Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival St. Albert (Edmonton & Area) This annual festival presents amazing acts from around the world including theatre, music, dance, storytelling and puppetry. Over 57,000 children, teachers and parents have attended this magical event. Tel: 780-459-1542

Early June Vintage Tractor and Machinery Show Westlock (Alberta Central) For the antique and machinery lovers on your tour, take in this unique event just one hour north of Edmonton, showcasing a large collection of vintage tractors and machinery. Tel: 780-349-5981

June 30-July 1 Magnificent River Rats Festival Athabasca (Alberta North) A festive Canada Day weekend filled with live entertainment, children’s activities, classic car show and much more. Something for all ages! Tel: 780-675-2230; 780-675-2587

July 4-13 Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Calgary (Calgary & Area) Billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!” The world’s top professional cowboys compete for supremacy in this half million-dollar rodeo. Other events include chuckwagon races, stage spectaculars, stock show, midway, casinos and city-wide celebrations. Tel: 403-261-0101

July 17-26 Edmonton’s Capital EX Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) Don’t miss a single day of one of Canada’s largest fairs! Featuring midway, international entertainment, chuckwagon races, parade and much more. Tel: 780-471-7210


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August 19-23

November 1-9

Big Valley Jamboree Camrose (Alberta Central) Canada’s largest Country Music Festival boasts international stars, local talent and fabulous events for all ages. Take in the main stage entertainment, beer gardens, rodeo action, family stage, street performers, tradeshow, casino, and much more in this fabulous celebration of Country Music. Voted CCMA 2004 Event of the Year. Tel: 780-672-0224

Whoop-Up Days Summer Fair & Rodeo Lethbridge (Alberta South) Enjoy this traditional summer fair & rodeo, complete with midway, concerts, trade show, professional rodeo, rides, free entertainment, great food and more. Tel: 403-328-4491

Banff Mountain Festivals Banff (Canadian Rockies) Capture the spirit of Banff through these two fabulous festivals featuring works from all corners of the world. The Banff Mountain Book Festival highlights mountain stories in written works, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival showcases some of the best mountain films, videos and speakers the world has to offer. Tel: 403-762-6301

Early August Lac La Biche Pow-Wow & Fish Derby Lac La Biche (Alberta Central) This major community event is more than just fishing! There’s something for all ages including midway, classic car show, ball tournaments, parade, triathlon, children’s festival, social events and more. The Fish Derby runs weekend long at Beaver Lake, with over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Tel: 780-623-2662; 780-623-2104

Mid August David Thompson Days Rocky Mountain House (Alberta Central) Celebrate David Thompson - explorer, fur trader and mapmaker - and what he did for the Rocky Mountain House area and the rest of Canada. Fair days with different events and exhibits, river race and more. Tel: 403-845-5450; 403-845-4239

August 14-24 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) This annual festival is one of the largest alternative theatre festivals in North America, and one of the largest arts events in Western Canada. Featuring more than 1,200 performances of 140 productions on 30 stages! Tel: 780-448-9000

Late August Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) This annual festival of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is always a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy four days of classical music at the Hawrelak Park Heritage Amphitheatre, plus festivities for all ages. Tel: 780-428-1108

Early September Blueberry Festival Fort McMurray (Alberta North) Celebrate the end of summer at this annual event featured around the blueberry harvest season. Enjoy midway, parade, pancake breakfasts, jet boat rides, helicopter tours, kids events, river raft race, dog agility, fireworks, Battle of the Bands, Fish Fry and much more. Tel: 780-791-0070

September 26-October 4 Edmonton International Film Festival Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) Enjoy nine days of independent movies, guest filmmakers, workshops and seminars, and fabulous parties. There’s plenty to see and do through the course of this cultural festival. Tel: 780-423-0844

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November 1-9 Farmfair International Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) A celebration of all things country, including purebred cattle show, horse programs, livestock shows, and free western entertainment. Local and international ranchers and guests come together to look over Canada’s top cattle breed bloodlines. Tel: 780-471-7210

November 5-9 Canadian Finals Rodeo Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) More than 90,000 fans gather each year to see this thrilling non-stop action rodeo, where only the best cowboys in the country qualify to compete for the national championship. Almost 100 competitors perform during each two-hour performance, guaranteeing a best bet on the rodeo scene! Tel: 780-471-7210; 780-471-7378

November 9 -15 Yardbird Jazz Festival Edmonton (Edmonton & Area) Features some of the Canada’s best jazz musicians and international guest stars. Workshops, outdoor events, concerts and more complete the line-up of events. Tel: 780-432-7166; 780-433-3779

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Hines Creek - B5

Known as the "End of Steel", this community has errected the World's Largest Railroad Spike", which is complimented by the End of Steel Museum. The museum depicts pioneer life in the area and tells the story of the the railway. Time: 1.5 hours.

Grande Prairie - B7

Located close to the British Columbia border, Grande Prairie is a convenient stopping point for groups traveling north. One of the fastest-growing cities in Alberta, it is noted for shopping and cultural amenities, as well as hiking, swimming, hot air ballooning, bird watching and golf. Grande Prairie Museum Discover exciting stories from the region’s extensive history, including several new displays on the new dinosaur fossil finds from the local Pipestone Creek bed. Permanent and changing exhibits are on display, and the Heritage Village on-site gives groups the opportunity to step back in time. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours South Peace Centennial Museum The largest and only working steam powered farm equipment museum in Alberta. The Museum is open daily throughout the summer months and

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offers free music for everyone from the bandstand. Annual Pioneer Days the third Sunday in July.

Grimshaw - C6

Located at “Mile Zero” of the Mackenzie Highway that heads north to the Northwest Territories. The Mackenzie Highway Park and Arboretum has interpretive walking trails depicting the development of the Mackenzie Highway and it’s influence on the development of communities from Grimshaw to Indian Cabins, as well as educational arboretum. Dunvegan Provincial Park Located in nearby Dunvegan, on the site of historic Fort Dunvegan is a Provincial Park and Interpretive Centre containing seasonal displays and a gift shop. Guided tours available of the restored Hudson’s Bay Factor’s House (1878), St. Charles Catholic Mission Church (1885) and the Rectory (1889). Lac Cardinal Pioneer Village A perfect historical stop to see how people lived almost 75 years ago. Site includes fully restored pioneer’s homes, blacksmith shop, general store, barbershop and church. Authentic artifacts complete from the days of the homesteads. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Peace River - C5

This scenic community, located on its namesake river, is a perfect stop for groups seeking modern amenities, fabulous autumn colour viewing, ample accommodations and excellent restaurant choices. While in Peace River, an interesting sight is the gravesite of 12-foot Davis, named for the fortune he made from a 12-foot gold claim in the Klondike.

High Level - C2

The last Alberta town before you reach the Northwest Territories, High Level is a vital stop on the Deh Cho Travel Connection. High Level’s grain elevators are the most northern in the world, and the area boasts excellent fly-in fishing on nearby lakes.

Fort Vermilion - D3

Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre Also claiming to be Alberta’s oldest settlement (like Fort Chipewyan), Fort Vermilion is an historic gem located halfway between Peace River and Fort Chipewyan. Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre features include the 1907 Fort Vermilion Experimental Farm collection, 1914 Board of Trade Collection, and heritage buildings. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours


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High Prairie - D7

Located near the South West shores of Lesser Slave Lake, High Prairie is a rooted, down home country town with plenty to see and do. This community offers some of the best recreational facilities, rodeo grounds, events and trails. Stop in at the High Prairie museum and take a stroll through this picturesque town.

Grouard - D7

Native Cultural Arts Museum Grouard is one of the oldest settlements in the province (once under consideration as the site for the provincial capitol), and a convenient stop for groups. The Native Cultural Arts Museum is one of the few places in the province to purchase native crafts directly, and also displays North American Native art and artifacts, giving visitors a change to learn about the past and culture of the region’s First Nations’ peoples. Located in the Northern Lakes College Grouard Campus. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Slave Lake - E7

Located on the shores of Lesser Slave Lake, this diverse community features excellent recreational facilities and ample accommodations for groups traveling in Alberta’s North. Just northwest of Slave Lake you’ll come across the new Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation. Take an interactive tour of this world-class “Green Building” and interpretive gallery about the fascinating mysteries of bird migration into the boreal forest.

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Wood Buffalo National Park - F3

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At just under 45,000 sq. km, Wood Buffalo National Park is the largest national park in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. Established in 1922 to protect the free-roaming bison herds of the area as well as providing a safe nesting haven for the very rare Whooping Cranes. Today the park attracts visitors from around the world who want to experience and learn about the boreal north, its unique cultures, variety of wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Minimum Time Required: 1/2 day

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Athabasca Oil Sands Site Tours Over 38,500 sq. km of oil rich sand are found north of Fort McMurray and are being actively mined. The oil is extracted from the sand, and further refined into synthetic crude oil. The Oil Sands Discovery Centre is filled with informative displays, demonstrations and video presentation offering a first-hand look into the story of the Oil Sands. Offered only on Fridays and Saturdays in 2008. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours

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Athabasca - F8

The Town of Athabasca riverfront is a perfect place to stop to relax, take in the sights, and arrange for a guided tour about the unique boats and people that traveled through this gateway to the north. Visit the Alberta Pacific Pulp Mill and the Amber Valley Museum to learn about the Oklahoma blacks who once settled there. Great birding opportunities in the spring and fall.

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Fort McMurray Heritage Park Explore the colourful past of the city and region through the historic buildings, artifacts and museum on site. Follow the trade routes of early settlers and trappers, hike nearby trails, fish in the abundant rivers, or explore local sand dunes. This site offers plenty for your group to experience.

Fort Chipewyan - G2

Although only accessibly by river or air, Fort Chipewyan offers a truly unique experience to visitors wanting a glimpse of Alberta’s true north. On the border of Wood Buffalo National Park, this town is in a friendly rivalry with Fort Vermilion to be the oldest settlement in the province (1788). While visiting, be sure to take in the Bicentennial Museum and the Roman Catholic Church featuring murals painted with local blueberry and cranberry juices mixed with fish oils. www.grouptravelplanner.net

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Jasper & Jasper National Park B3 & C4

Spanning almost 11,000 square kilometers, Jasper National Park is the largest mountain park in Canada. The town of Jasper is conveniently located just 375 kilometers west of Edmonton. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has a legacy that began in 1915 and is firmly embedded in the history of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Today guests and visitors can enjoy the Lodge’s ample amenities, including a world-class 18-hole golf course, riding stables, boat rentals, guided hikes, luxurious accommodation, dining, and shopping. Most activities are available to all visitors, not just guests. Jasper Tramway Canada’s longest and highest reversible Tramway Tour has welcomed millions of visitors to the top of Whistlers Mountain, an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level. Experience the awe and splendor of the 8-minute ride to the top, and enjoy plenty of activities and amenities when you get there! Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives Historical Gallery includes exhibits on the fur trade, pioneers, the railways and early tourism in Jasper

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National Park. Showcase Gallery exhibits change throughout the year. Gift shop, archives, bus parking and wheelchair accessible.

Hinton - C3

Hinton Hoodoos This natural attraction is located near Emerson Lake. Hoodoos are beautiful sandstone formations created by years of wind and water erosion, and jut out of the earth like lonely statues. Motorcoach travel should be done with caution, as the road to Emerson Lake is gravel. Trail maps available at the Hinton VIC.

Icefields Parkway - C5

Stretching 230 kilometres from the TransCanada Highway in Banff National Park to the town of Jasper, the Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic highways in the world. It runs alongside a chain of numerous massive Icefields that straddle the Continental Divide. National Park entry fees must be paid in order to access the Icefields Parkway. Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer Excursion Explore the 6-km Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park on board large specially designed Ice Explorers. Walk on the glacial ice, formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago, and even taste pure glacial water. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

The Icefield Centre The perfect place to start your “Glacial Experience!” Completed in 1996, the modern and environmentally sensitive Icefield Centre features dining, shopping, information, accommodations, gallery, Parks Canada Interpretive Centre, and the operations base for the Columbia Icefields Ice Explorer Excursion. Icefield Helicopter Tours Looking for a Rockies adventure that will take your breath away? Centrally located in the Rocky Mountains, just 40 kilometres east of the Icefield Parkway, you’ll get on board a modern helicopter and take the ultimate tour of the Rockies! Mountains and glaciers surround you as far as the eye can see, something you can’t experience on the coach!

Banff & Banff National Park - E7

Banff National Park is one of the oldest in Canada, established in the late 1880s. It encompasses more than 6,500 square kilometers of mountains, valleys, lakes, glaciers, and wildlife. The township of Banff boasts modern amenities surrounded by world-class scenery, and makes for an excellent year-round destination. Banff Gondola An eight minute gondola ride whisks you up Sulphur Mountain to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486ft.). The upper terminal viewing deck offers the only 360 degree view of Banff, the Bov Valley and surronding Rocky Mountain peaks. Motorcoach parking, interpretive area, restaurant options and gift shop.


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Lake Minnewanka The Lake Minnewanka valley offers some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Canadian Rockies. Lake Minnewanka Boat Tours offer a 1.5 hour tour to learn about the mountains, the early explorers who named them and the tremendous forces that created them.

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Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Rivaling Lake Louise in beauty and fame, this bluegreen lake was featured on the back of Canada’s old $20 bill. Moraine provides a stunning backdrop for groups seeking nature and some prime photo ops.

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Located among some of the Rockies’ highly sought destinations, Canmore is a fabulous hub-and-spoke center for your tour. Just 5 minutes from Banff National Park and 1.5 hours from Calgary.

Kananaskis Country - G9

Boasting five provincial parks, outdoor adventure, and easy access from other major points, Kananaskis Country is the perfect addition to your Rockies itinerary. Highway 40, the Kananaskis Trail, travels through the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and provides excellent access to the TransCanada Highway and Banff National Park.

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Whitecourt - B2

Whitecourt and District Forest Interpretive Centre and Heritage Park Operated by the Whitecourt and District Heritage Society, the Whitecourt Forest Interpretative Centre explores the role of the forest in Whitecourt's evolution. Heritage Park, located on the grounds surrounding the Interpretive Centre, will have restored and authentically appointed historic buildings and is being developed into a full re-creation of an early 20th century logging town.

Rocky Mountain House - C6

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site Over 200 years ago, the North West and Hudson's Bay companies set up rival posts at the end of the fur trade line on the North Saskatchewan River. Nine different Aboriginal groups came here to trade, and David Thompson, famous explorer and mapmaker, used Rocky Mountain House as a base. Today the site features interpretive displays, special events, picnic area, exhibits and so much more. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Sylvan Lake - D7

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rooms, lockers, and ample shower facilities, plus four new concession outlets. Minimum Time Required: 1/2 day

Red Deer - E7

Fort Normandeau Historic Site This historic site is a reconstruction of the Northwest Mounted Police Fort Normandeau site, used during the Riel Rebellion. Discover the interesting history through interpretive programs and displays including costumed interpreters. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Gaetz Lake Sanctuary Get a first-hand look at the area’s natural history. Nature Centre, walking and hiking trails, wildlife and bird viewing, self-guided tours, extensive exhibits and more await you, with programs for everyone from children to seniors. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Red Deer & District Museum This unique museum depicts the history of the area from early First Nations cultures to the development of the city of Red Deer. Children will enjoy the Discovery Center. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space display artifacts, interactive areas and hands-on activities high-

lighting more than 100 years of sports in Alberta. Included on site are a hockey rink, baseball pitching field and Alpine Skiing machine. Over 600 inductees are featured in the Honoured Members Gallery athletes. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Wetaskiwin - E5

Reynolds Alberta Museum This world-class museum facility is home to Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, as well as an unrivalled exhibition hall featuring over 100 major artifacts, audio-visual presentations and more. Visitors can cruise in a 1927 Model-T touring car and soar in an open cockpit biplane. Pre-booked education programs and tours available. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Stettler - F7

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions Offering day excursions on board an authentic vintage steam or diesel-powered train. Go back in time with costumed storytellers, musicians and other characters. Trips include dinner trains, murder mysteries and more, and all include full course meal, entertainment, and maybe even a train robbery! Minimum Time Required: 5 hours

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Fort George & Buckingham House Take a trip through time at this historic location of two competing fur trade posts. Learn about the area’s history, or stroll down the interpretive path to the archaeological site of the two forts where the view will take your breath away. Guided tours, special events and education programs available. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours U.F.O Landing Pad Built in 1967 as part of St. Paul’s many projects for Canada’s Centennial, the 12-metre platform is the world’s first and probably only U.F.O landing pad. Enjoy the Visitor Information Centre and U.F.O Data Centre, as well as a time lock capsule containing letters to be opened in 2067. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site Step inside the 1864 Clerk’s Quarters or 1906 Methodist Church to hear the story of a once bustling community. Learn why this thriving settlement experienced a sudden decline and vanished. Exhibits, trails, and a variety of activities provided by costumed interpreters. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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This border town is truly unique, with the AlbertaSaskatchewan border running right through the town’s center, giving Lloydminster the distinction of being Canada’s only border city! In fact, its main street is on the longest straight surveyed lines in North America - the 4th meridian. Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre A visual and educational mecca, this Centre features an Imhoff Art Collection, the Fuchs Wildlife Display, Richard Larsen Antique Museum, four galleries, and the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre. Open year-round Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Bud Miller All Seasons Park There’s plenty for groups to do at this fabulous 200acre park with formal gardens, hiking trails, miniature golf, and an outdoor amphitheatre. There’s also an outdoor picnic shelter, two group picnic areas, and firewood is provided! The Lloydminster Leisure Centre is located wthin the park and offers a wheelchair accessible wave pool, a 150’ waterslide, a 6 lane 25-meter pool, sauna & steam rooms, and a fitness room. Common Wealth Centre A multiplex recreation facility with two NHL size hockey arenas, a leisure ice surface, two field houses, a walking track, and exercise equipment, all available for your group! www.grouptravelplanner.net

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St. Albert – D4

Father Lacombe Chapel Provincial Historic Site Constructed in 1861 by Father Albert Lacombe and his Metis helpers, this simple chapel is the oldest standing log structure in Alberta, and was the centre of the Metis settlement of St. Albert. See the chapel much as it was in the 1860s, as interpretive guides lead you through this historic site. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Devon – D5

Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre In 1947, an oil boom began here that has contributed to Alberta and Canada’s prosperity ever since. This interpretive centre operated by the Leduc-Devon Oilfield Historical Society offers exhibits about the first oil struck and the Alberta Oil Industry since. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Alberta’s Government House Opened in 1913, this sandstone structure was the official residence of Alberta’s first six Lieutenant Governors. It was open to the public in 1976, and designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1985. Alberta Legislature Building The Capital City’s foremost historic site is the breathtaking Legislature Building, officially opened in 1912. This is where the province’s Legislative Assembly convene. Groups can tour the building and even take part in a mock Legislature complete with costumes and uniforms. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Art Gallery of Alberta Formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery and featuring permanent and changing displays of historical and contemporary artwork in every type of medium. Special programs are also available, including tours and lectures. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Edmonton Queen Riverboat Take your group on a leisurely, summer-time cruise through the heart of Edmonton for one of the most picturesque views of our beautiful river valley and city. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra A fantastic musical experience. Located in the world famous Winspear Centre, or check out the Symphony Under the Sky festival at the end of every summer in scenic Hawrelak Park. Old Strathcona Historic Area This historic hub of Edmonton dates back to 1891. Today, this revitalized neighbourhood contains diverse elements and hosts many special events. Enjoy unique shops, heritage buildings, brick sidewalks, several theatres and a busy Farmer’s Market. Palace Casino The Palace Casino features games with a variety of limits to please any player. With nearly 700 slots, 24 gaming tables, a 24 hr poker room, and a high limit lounge, there is exciting gaming entertainment for everyone.


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Royal Alberta Museum The Royal Alberta Museum takes groups on a journey through space and time to explore the human and natural history of western Canada. Wild Alberta, the Natural History Gallery, the Bug Room and the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Catch a glimpse of what life was like for Ukrainian immigrants between 1892 and the 1930’s. Costumed role-players re-create the lives of pioneers and bring history alive on a site that includes more than 30 restored heritage buildings. 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Rutherford House Experience the warmth and charm of a beautiful 1911 brick mansion. Once the home of Alberta’s first premier, Alexander Rutherford, Rutherford House now offers guided tours, afternoon tea and light lunches.

West Edmonton Mall Billed as the ‘Greatest Indoor Show on Earth,’ the West Edmonton Mall is a destination on its own! Step inside this incredible structure and prepare to be wowed! With over 800 shops and services, 100 dining venues, and endless attractions, your only dilemma will be what to do first!

TELUS World of Science Edmonton Home to Canada’s largest planetarium, this fantastic group stop has six exhibit galleries and two theatres, including an IMAX. The Body Fantastic, Mystery Avenue, The Greens’ House, Space Place, Explorer Gallery and DiscoveryLand all put a new spin on learning about the world we live in. Minimum Time Required: 2.5 hours

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Kananaskis – C5

For some great mountain adventure come play in Alberta’s Kananaskis (Calgary’s Mountain Playground), just west of Calgary. “K” Country is surrounded by the towering Canadian Rockies, where in the summer you can ride a bike, golf, hike, horseback ride and so much more.

Calgary - F4

Alberta Ballet Alberta Ballet is Canada’s third largest dance company. Highly talented dancers from around the world and internationally renowned choreographers create exciting new works in collaboration with award-winning designers and composers. Calgary Opera Calgary Opera is the only professional opera company serving southern Alberta. Presenting three mainstage productions each season at the 2,400seat Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Calgary Tower With a new glass floor, visitors can feel like they are suspended in mid-air! During the 1988 Winter Olympics, the torch that burned on the top of the tower made it the world’s largest Olympic torch!

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The tower is more than 190 meters tall and includes the observation deck as well as the Panorama Dining Room, a gift shop, and the new Tourism Calgary Visitor Information Centre. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Calgary Zoo, Botanical Gardens & Prehistoric Park Canada’s second-largest zoo is right here in Calgary, and is home to more than 1,000 animals in exhibits that mimic their natural habitats. Don’t miss out on Prehistoric Park, where you’ll see what Western Canada would have looked like when Dinosaurs roamed the earth. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours Canada Olympic Park Constructed for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, and used today by athletes and the general public. Group tours include a visit up the 90m Ski Jump Tower, the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Ice House, the world’s only indoor start house for luge, bobsleigh and skeleton. Another new addition, the Skyline at the Park, is one of North America’s fastest zipline. COP also offers an Audio Tour available in five languages. Special Events, retail and rental shops, food court, restaurant/lounge and visitor information available on site. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Devonian Gardens See one of the world’s largest indoor gardens, located in Downtown Calgary. With floral displays changing about 18 times a year, you’re bound to see something new each time you visit. Groups will enjoy a relaxing walk through the gardens after a busy day. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Epcot Centre Showcasing a variety of cultural and entertainment productions, the EPCOT CENTRE is the third largest performing arts centre in Canada. Located in close proximity to other major attractions. Home to five diverse performing spaces and 5 resident companies, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Fort Calgary Located on the site of an original Northwest Mounted Police fort, Fort Calgary preserves and interprets Calgary’s history between 1875 and the 1940’s. Features of the 40-acre riverside park include the 1888 Barracks, reconstructed 1875 Fort and the Deane House Historic Site. Interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, guided tours and restaurant on-site. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours


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Stavely 23 Claresholm Glenbow Museum History comes alive at Western Canada’s largest museum through the stories, events and the diverse people who shaped the region from its native peoples to the first European settlers. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours Inglewood Bird Sanctuary More than 250 species of birds and 300 species of plants call this 32-hectare wildlife reserve home. Groups can stroll the level walking trails or enjoy Naturalist-lead programs, including private birding expeditions and educational programs for youth. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours The Military Museums One the largest in North America, Calgary’s Military Museums feature high-tech displays, galleries and special exhibits dedicated to Canada’s military. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hour Stampede Park Home of the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’, the Calgary Stampede. The park itself is open yearround. Other attractions in the Park include the Casino, Pengrowth Saddledome, the Corral, the Big Four, Round-Up Centre, and the Agricultural Pavilion.

Stoney Nakoda Resort With a Casino featuring 300 of the newest Slots, Private Poker Room, 16 Table Games, Conference Facilities, Sports Lounge, Full Service Buffet Room, and Family Dining Room. TELUS World of Science Calgary Explore the wonderful world of science! The Creative Kids Museum is a hands-on children’s museum dedicated to the arts.The Discovery Dome Theatre features the first multi-media theatre in North America, featuring computer graphics, motion picture images, a 12 speaker sound system and slides that fill an entire dome! Minimum Time Required: 2-3 hours

Millarville - E6

Millarville Farmers’ Market Southern Alberta’s largest outdoor market features over 160 vendors, breakfast concessions, and live entertainment. A great experience for everyone, and you’re sure to find something you like.

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Bar U Ranch Steeped in history, the Bar U Ranch commemorates the history and importance of the ranching industry in Canada. Visitor Centre includes a gift shop, restaurant, handicap accessible washrooms, picnic area and ample parking.

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calgary – it’s all here Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is a place electric with spirit, alive with diversity and just waiting to be explored. Calgary is a young, vibrant city of over one million people where cosmopolitan flair and big city energy uniquely mixes with rich western heritage and famous cultural traditions. Experience the pulse of a destination like no other; where cutting-edge arts and culture, award-winning cuisine, tranquil spa settings and unparalleled outdoor adventure come together to create memories you’ll always remember, in a city you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in an experience authentic to Calgary. Cheer on the richest outdoor rodeo in the world at the Calgary Stampede, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Bask in the glory of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games at

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Canada Olympic Park, or take part in one of their adrenaline-filled activities. Feel the heartracing excitement of a show jumping tournament at world-renowned Spruce Meadows. Go wild at the Calgary Zoo, where visiting exhibits and programs keep things fresh and new, or turn back time at Heritage Park Historical Village, which recently completed a massive expansion. Whatever the interest, whatever the time of year, Calgary has something to offer both the young, and young at heart. Calgary’s pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial attitude have been fostered from the city’s legendary western heritage. Explore the history of the heart of the new west at one of Calgary’s many historical attractions, or through a firsthand experience at a ranch just outside city limits. See how far Calgary has come with a visit


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to our blossoming cultural district in the city’s downtown core. With its many museums, theatres, performance venues and galleries, it’s no wonder Calgary was named the most cultured city in Canada. Spend a day strolling the streets in one of Calgary’s eclectic neighbourhoods, or reap the benefits of no provincial sales tax in one of our niche shopping districts. If lady luck is calling your name, head to one of our state-of-the art casinos; or if you crave something more serene indulge in the serenity of a spa. Discover the many exciting sports and recreation options available for both spectators and participants, year-round. Savor the wide-ranging international cuisine available in the city’s many restaurants, from fine dining elegance to multicultural gems. And at the end of the day, turn up the

volume at one of Calgary’s exciting and trendy dance clubs, martini lounges, local pubs or live music venues. Of course you could always slow down in one of the city’s many parks, or pick of the pace along one of its pathways. Calgary is home to one of the most extensive pathway networks in North America, with over 500 kilometres of routes located within city limits. Safe, clean and green, Calgary is the perfect place to unwind or gear up, depending on your mood. And don’t forget, the Canadian Rockies are located just over an hour west of the city. Escape to the majestic mountains for a variety of fun and exciting things to see and do, or just to take-in the grandeur of these gentle giants. Photos courtesy Tourism Calgary; (top centre) courtesy Calgary Stampede.

revitalize your spirit with the mosaic of experiences available to you in the city at the heart of it all; where breathtaking landscapes provide the perfect backdrop to a thriving urban playground. Visit www.tourismcalgary.com to start planning your trip to the Heart of the New West.

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Crowsnest Pass - B7

Bellevue Mine A hands-on opportunity to explore the history of coal mining in Alberta. Don an authentic mining lamp and hard hat, and experience a glimpse back in time, walking 300 meters through the hundredyear-old tunnels of a coal mine. Frank Slide Interpretive Centre Experience the history of the Crowsnest Pass and learn the tragic story of the 1903 limestone slide that buried part of the town of Frank, killing over 70 people. Interpretive programs, presentations and special events complete the visitor experience. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Waterton Lakes National Park - C8

Created in 1895, this magnificent park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was joined with Glacier National Park of Montana in 1932 to become the world’s first International Peace Park.

Fort MacLeod - D7

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved Buffalo jump sites in North America. Walk to the cliff top and view the jump site that was so effectively used for some 6,000 years by Natives to provide their living essen-

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tials. Underground award-winning Interpretive Centre and outside trails complete the history. Unless you’re a buffalo, this is a site not to be missed.

Cardston - D8

Remington Carriage Museum The Remington Carriage Museum tells the story of late 19th and early 20th century North American society and the horse-drawn vehicles that were used. Each vehicle on display at the museum is accompanied by panels providing information and archival photographs. Enjoy the working restoration shop and carriage rides. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Drumheller - D3

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site The last of the 139 original Drumheller mines, the Atlas Coal Mine provides a fun and interesting environment to learn about its history, and that of the days when “Coal was King.” Who doesn’t want to take a ride in a coal car? Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology One of the largest palaeontology museums in the world, the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a major research and exhibition centre, and a popular destination for groups of all ages. More than 30 complete dinosaur skeletons are on display – the largest collection under one roof anywhere! Minimum Time Required: 2.5 hours

Lethbridge - E7

Fort Whoop-Up Interpretive Centre A reconstruction of a fort established by Montana fur traders in 1869, Fort Whoop-Up offers electronic displays, historical sights and sounds that pay tribute to and commemorate the legacy of the North West Mounted Police, Aboriginal people, courageous pioneers, and colourful people and events that shaped Western Canada. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour The Galt Formerly known as the Sir Alexander Galt Museum, this popular group attraction is southern Alberta’s orientation centre, the expanded facility boasts traveling exhibits, interactive permanent displays, a new viewing gallery overlooking the Oldman River Valley, education centre and much more. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Helen Schuler Coulee Centre Nestled among the cottonwoods of the coulees, and framed beneath the magnificent High Level Bridge, this nature centre is set on an 81-hectare reserve. Learn about the prairie environment, nature appreciation, and more through self-guided trails and indoor exhibits. Korite Ammolite Mine Tour this open pit mine to learn about Alberta history, geography, geology, gemmology, and paleontology. See amazing Ammonite fossils and specimen.


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Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre The Esplanade is a stunning facility housing an Art Gallery, Archives, Museum, Theatre and Gift Shop. Your group will enjoy professional and communitybased exhibitions, performances, activities and services.

Warner - F8

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park Featuring numerous native carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings covering sandstone cliffs, this park, located south-east of Warner protects the fragile reminders of the past. See the bizarre ‘Hoodoos’, columns of soft sandstone that appear to be gushing up out of the valley floor. The columns are fragile, and geologists sadly predict that few, if any, of them will remain through the next century. Dinosaur Provincial Park This UNESCO World Heritage Site presents the exotic beauty and mystery of barren hills, hoodoos, crevices and gullies characteristic to the Canadian Badlands. The landscape presents a striking panorama 75 million years in the making and is home to one of the most extensive collections of fossil beds in the world. Bus tours expose you to a haunting encounter of prehistoric time deep within the park’s natural preserve. Located 16km North of Patricia.

Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District The Medicine Hat area boasts a steep history in the clay industry, and groups today can explore that history at this National Historic District. See the world’s largest exhibit of Medalta pottery and Hycroft china. Guided and self-guided tours available of the Medalta pottery site, and the Hycroft Centre. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Blackfoot Crossing National Historic Park The largest First Nations owned and operated museum in Canada, at 62,000 square feet the museum offers visitors an experience including a Blackfoot heritage exhibition, contemporary and traditional dance in the theatre, and a tipi village where guests can camp overnight and enjoy traditional Black foot cuisine. The Blackfoot Crossing facility and historical park represents a twenty year effort by residents of Siksika Nation and is one of three Blackfoot communities in Canada.

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accommodations Alberta Central BEST CANADIAN MOTOR INNS LLOYDMINSTER Lloydminster is unique. No other Canadian city allows you to hold a convention or visit a tourist attraction in two provinces at the same time. Our facility boasts 101 A/C rooms, in room fridges and microwaves, cable TV, in room movie service, guest laundry facilities, meeting room, restaurant, lounge with VLTs, swimming pool with huge waterslide and hot tub. An excellent choice destination to add to your get away plans. Crystal Falcon 4320-44 Street, Lloydminster, SK, S9V 1R5 Tel: 306-825-4400 • 1-888-700-2264 Fax: 306-825-6026 lloydminster@bestcdn.com www.bestcdn.com

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TRAVELODGE RED DEER

We offer a choice of deluxe accommodations from the 98 spacious rooms including our Business Class floor, elegant Executive and Jacuzzi suites. Enjoy our indoor pool and hot tub, Remington's reataurant, JB's Lounge, free wireless internet, complimentary daily Globe & Mail and in-room coffee, hairdryers, irons & boards. We also offer facilities for private Banquets and meetings as well as live "Dinner Theatre" performances.

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Shannon Gale 2929 - 50th Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4R 1H1 Tel: 403-343-6666 • 1-800-661-8793 Fax: 403-340-8970 reservations@blackknightinn.ca www.blackknightinn.ca

HOLIDAY INN 67 STREET 142 spacious guest rooms; featuring 15 King Executive Suites, 4 King Jacuzzi Suites, 4 Family Suites & 31 King Rooms Our in room amenities feature in room coffee, hairdryers, iron & ironing boards, in room safe, mini fridge, data ports, desks, voice mail, free local calls & high speed internet access. Our amenities include 5000 sqft Planet Fitness fitness centre, guest laundry machines on every floor, Solace Spa & Salon, large indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, Smitty's Family Restaurant, Shades Cocktail Lounge, and Networks business centre lounge.

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Esther Chan 6500 67 Street, Red Deer, AB, T4P 1A2 Tel: 403-342-6567 • 1-800-661-4961 Fax: 403-343-3600 hotel@hi67.com www.hi67.com • www.hi67.com

HOWARD JOHNSON INN The BEST VALUE in Red Deer!! We offer a complimentary deluxe breakfast, free local calls, free hispeed wireless internet. On site guest laundry. Fax service. Fridges, microwaves, and in-room coffee in most rooms. Hair dryers (all rooms). Kitchenettes available. One minute to Westerner Park and the Centrium. A&W, McDonalds, and Tim Hortons are nearby. Shopping and other fine dining establishments are within 5 minutes drive. Bus parking available. Try us out - you'll be pleasantly surprised. Al Samji 37557 Highway 2 South, Red Deer, AB, T4E 1B1 Tel: 403-343-8444 • 1-800-424-9454 Fax: 403-342-4310 gm@hojoreddeer.com • www.hojoreddeer.com

THE WALKING EAGLE INN Experience the hospitality and friendly atmosphere of the Walking Eagle Inn & Lodge and be prepared to leave your worries behind! Visit one of the most beautiful and diverse areas in the world. Breathtaking scenery, unspoiled wilderness, captivating wildlife, and memories that will last a lifetime! The Walking Eagle Inn & Lodge are the preferred hotels for accommodations while in the Rocky Mountain House area, whether for business or pleasure.

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Judy Richardson PO Box 1317, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A9 Tel: 403-845-2804 • 1-866-845-2131 Fax: 403-845-3685 info@walkingeagle.net • www.walkingeagle.net

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Alberta North SUPER 8 - FORT MCMURRAY The Super 8 Motel in Fort McMuray, Alberta is a relaxing property that features personalized service and attention. Receive country hospitality with big city amenities from our 24-hour friendly guest services. With a superb location, outstanding accommodations and friendly, efficient service; you’ll know you’ve chosen the best value in Fort McMurray, The Super 8 Fort McMuray very comfortable,very affordable We are located just 15 mins away from the airport, on your left side of highway 63. Patricia Oliver 321 Sakitawaw Trail, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 5E7 Tel: 780-799-8450 • 1-800-561-7661 Fax: 780-799-8464 reservations@super8fortmcmurray.com www.super8fortmcmurray.com www.super8.com

Alberta South BEST CANADIAN MOTOR INNS BLAIRMORE Blaimore is one of Canada’s hidden gems. Located approximately 250km south of Calgary it offers a year round playground for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy the 1200 km of #1 rated snowmobile trails, Interpretive Centre, Underground Mine or Museum. Now with two (2) locations to serve you our 72 A/C guest-rooms offer cable TV, fridges, microwaves and in-room coffee service. Non-smoking units, kitchenettes, meeting rooms, laundry facilities, sauna, whirlpool, and Rusty's Canadian Grille and Lounge. Richard Buckle 11217-21 Avenue, Blairmore, AB, T0K 0E0 Tel: 403-562-8851 • 1-888-700-2264 Fax: 403-562-8445 crowsnestpass@bestcdn.com www.bestcdn.com

CANADAS BEST VALUE INN We feature 55 beautifully furnished guestrooms situated on 2 stories. Relax in our heated indoor pool and hot tub and enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast featuring Belgium waffles, fresh fruit and a morning newspaper. High speed wireless internet is available throughout the property. Coffee, hair dryers and flat screen TV's are provided in all rooms. Microwaves and refrigerators are available upon request. Group rates are available. Come relax and enjoy the value...we've got you covered! Amyn Merchant 1030 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 2P8 Tel: 403-328-6636 • 1-800-561-9815 Fax: 403-327-4037 frontdesk@bestvalueinn-lethbridge.com www.bestvalueinn-lethbridge.com


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Coast Hotel is a newly renovated property in a great location, just off the Trans Canada Highway, close to shopping, restaurants, casino, The Medicine Hat College & all sporting venues. Plenty of free parking. Complimentary contintental breakfast each morning. A wonderful restuarant, 2 lounges, spa, hair salon, fitness room and liquor store. We offer one complimentary standard room for the bus driver on 15 rooms. Winner of Alberta Hotel Housekeeping Award past 6 years.

Housekeeping Awards • 3 1/2 stars • Friendly • Complimentary Super Start Continental Breakfast • Indoor, salt-water pool, sauna, hot tub, waterslide • Jacuzzi/fireplace suites • Kitchenettes with dishwashers • Business rooms with large desks/ filing cabinets • Fitness center. DVD players with free movies and popcorn • Elevator. Irons • Guest laundry,guest barbecues • Queen, king,or double beds.High speed internet • Microwaves, fridges, hairdryer, coffee, snacks • Business Centre • Meeting rooms with modern projection equipment • Banquet Rooms with catering • Disability accessible room with roll-in shower • Free Motorcoach parking • Adjacent to Shell Convenience Store, Pizza Hut Express • Welcome reception.

Cindi Franko 3216 13th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 1H8 Tel: 403-526-7487 • 1-800-663-1144 Fax: 403-529-2638 cindicmh@telus.net • www.coasthotels.com

ECONO LODGE INN & SUITES

Amyn Merchant 1124 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 2P8 Tel: 403-328-5591 • 1-877-777-5591 Fax: 403-380-4873 frontdesk@econolodge-lethbridge.com www.econolodge-lethbridge.com

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Mark Hosking 208 18th Ave N, Three Hills, AB, T0M 2A0 Tel: 403-443-8888 • 1-888-687-8881 Fax: 403-443-8889 gm@super8threehills.com www.super8threehills.com

THRIFTLODGE CLARESHOLM 4083 1A Street West, Box 1178, Claresholm, AB, T0L 0T0 Tel: 403-625-3347

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We are convenienty located within walking distance to Henderson Lake Park and Golf Course and many fine restaurants and cafes including Starbucks and The Keg. We offer 43 attractive rooms which include coffee, hair dryers and flat screen TV's. A complimentary continental breakfast including Belgium waffles, fresh fruit and a newspaper is provided each morning. We provide a business and fitness centre, offering maximum value to your Econo Lodge experience. Spend a night...not a fortune!

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THRIFTLODGE LETHBRIDGE 2210-7th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 1M7 Tel: 403-329-0100

TRAVELODGE BROOKS 1240 Cassils Place East, Brooks, AB, T1R 1C3 Tel: 403-362-8000

IMPERIAL INN We are located in Medicine Hat's southeast, 1 1/2 blocks north of the Trans Canada Highway. Use the 13th Ave. exit. Enjoy our 102 guestrooms all equipped with in room coffee, microwaves, hairdryers, fridges and high-speed internet. A complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is served daily. Our property offers an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room and laundromat. We are walking distance to shopping and restaurants. We have ample free motorcoach parking. Baggage handling is available.

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3282 13th Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 1H8 Tel: 403-527-8811; 1-800-661-5322 Fax: 403-526-7039 imperialinnmh@telus.net www.imperialinn.ca

PREMIER INN AND SUITES Conveniently located in the south end of Lethbridge nearby Enmax centre, 1st Choice Soccer Centre and Boston Pizza,Smitty's and many other family restaurants. We offer free continental breakfast,Hot Tub, Exercise Room, Guest laundry, Elevator,Business center. All of our rooms include fridges,Microwaves,hairdryers,and free high speed internet,free local calls.Free motorcoach parking. Baggage Handling and Comp policy is available. Megan Olsen 2225 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 7M1 Tel: 403-380-6677 • 1-888-757-6884 Fax: 403-320-2945 premierinns@shaw.ca www.premierinnsandsuites.com

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TRAVELODGE DRUMHELLER 101 Grove Place, Box 2350, Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y0 Tel: 403-823-5302

TRAVELODGE HOTEL MEDICINE HAT 1100 Redcliff Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 5E5 Tel: 403-527-2275

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TRAVELODGE STRATHMORE 350 Ridge Road, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1B5 Tel: 403-901-0000

Calgary & Area BLACKFOOT INN The Blackfoot Inn is a Corporate Hotel, designed for Business or Leisure. Located just 5 minutes from the downtown centre with easy access to shopping and entertainment. The Blackfoot Inn has 200 fashionably appointed guest rooms and 5 unique dining areas. Our exceptional staff is always ready to provide assistance with all your hospitality requirements. You will love our warm and inviting atmosphere. The Blackfoot Inn is also considered a pet friendly hotel.

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Catherine Nelson 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 2B5 Tel: 403-252-2253 • 1-800-661-1151 Fax: 403-259-1710 sales@blackfootinn.com • www.blackfootinn.com

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COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY CARLSON - CALGARY AIRPORT

RAMADA HOTEL DOWNTOWN CALGARY

Conveniently located off Highways #1 and #2 and only minutes from both the Calgary International Airport and Downtown. Local attractions include Sunridge Mall, the Aerospace Museum and the Calgary Zoo. We are also within walking distance of a variety of restaurants. Rediscover Country Hospitality with our complimentary breakfast featuring fresh baked Belgian Waffles, free daily newspapers, and free local calls. Main floor and wheelchair accessible rooms available. Let us be your home away from home.

Within easy walking distance to many Calgary attractions, the Ramada easily delivers convenience and comfort to visitors. Our 201 rooms feature complimentary in-room coffee/tea,local calls and wireless Internet. Standard and executive room types. The Hotel operates a restaurant, pub, room service daily from 7AM-11PM, catering, a fitness room, and an outdoor heated pool (seasonal). Two blocks from Sears and Eaton’s Centre. Tour Rates for standard from $89.00-$139.00 CAD. Some blackouts apply. Motorcoach parking nearby (fees apply).

Meagan Bevis 2481 39 Ave NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8V8 Tel: 403-250-1800 • 1-800-456-4000 Fax: 403-250-2121 cx_clgr@countryinns.com www.countryinns.com/calgaryab

Sales Coordinator 708 - 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 1H2 Tel: 403-263-7600 • 1-800-661-8684 Fax: 403-237-6127 tours@ramadacalgary.com www.ramadacalgary.com

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The Days Inn - Calgary South is centrally located to all of Calgary's major attractions. Just south of downtown on Macleod Trail the Days Inn Calgary South features plenty of Motorcoach Parking, Indoor Heated Saltwater Swimming Pool and Hot Tub plus a Ping Pong Table and Fitness Centre. Renovated in 2004 all guest rooms feature new furniture and bedding. 24 hr Business Centre, Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Gift Shop, and Pub on site. Reasonable Rates.

Super 8 Motel Shawnessy is located at the south end of Calgary amongst many shops and restaurants in Shawnessy Towne Centre. Attractions in the area include: Spruce Meadows Equestian facility, as well as numerous sports arenas and golf courses. We are close to Heritage Park,and South Center Mall. Super 8 is only 2 blocks away from the above-ground Calgary C-Train which can take you to throughout the city. Only 35 minutes drive from Calgary International Airport.

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Joe Komaric 3828 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2G 2R2 Tel: 403-243-5531 • 1-880-361-3422 Fax: 403-243-6962 info@daysinn-calgarysouth.com www.daysinn-calgarysouth.com www.daysinn.ca

HAMPTON INN & SUITES BY HILTON - CALGARY UNIVERSITY NW We have 96 beautiful and spacious rooms and kitchen suites All rates include our complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, full use of our Indoor pool, waterslide, hot tub, and fitness area. We offer free local calls, internet high-speed and wireless, heated underground parking. All of these amenities and our location make us the perfect choice. Call today to book.

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Glen G Robinson 2231 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 4L2 Tel: 403-289-9800 • 1-888-432-6777 Fax: 403-289-9200 hsuites@shaw.ca www.hamptoncalgary.com

HOLIDAY INN CALGARY - MACLEOD TRAIL SOUTH The Hotel is ideally located, offering easy access to all areas of the city with the Light Rail Transit Station at the back door. Just minutes from Calgary's vibrant downtown, Stampede Park, Saddledome and the largest shopping mall, Chinook Centre. Complimentary services include parking, guestroom for escort, local calls and internet. All guestrooms are recently renovated including two wheelchair accessible rooms. Indoor Pool, Whirlpool, 24 hour Fitness room, Restaurant, Lounge, Room Service and Coin Laundry available.

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Scott Leckie 4206 MacLeod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2G 2R7 Tel: 403-287-2700 • 1-866-554-0162 Fax: 403-243-4721 sales@hihotelcalgary.ca • www.hihotelcalgary.ca

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Ed Belanger 60 Shawville Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2Y 3S6 Tel: 403-254-8878 • 1-800-800-8000 Fax: 403-256-0885 edbelanger@nucleus.com www.super8calgaryshawnessy.com

THRIFTLODGE CALGARY NORTH 2304-16th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 0M5 Tel: 403-289-0211

TRAVELODGE CALGARY SOUTH 7012 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2H 0L3 Tel: 403-253-1111

TRAVELODGE CALGARY UNIVERSITY NORTH 2227 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 4L2 Tel: 403-289-6600;

TRAVELODGE HOTEL CALGARY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 2750 Sunridge Blvd. NE, Calgary, AB, T1Y 3C2 Tel: 403-291-1260

TRAVELODGE HOTEL CALGARY MACLEOD TRAIL 9206 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB, T2J 0P5 Tel: 403-253-7070

Canadian Rockies BEST CANADIAN MOTOR INNS HINTON Welcome to the “Gateway to the Rockies”. Hinton is located minutes from any outdoor adventure of your dreams. Newly expanded, we offer 104 A/C units and 20 RV stalls. The guest rooms offer cable TV, fridges, microwaves, inroom coffee service and FREE continental breakfast. Non-smoking units, one-bedroom suites, kitchenettes, laundry facilities and outdoor plugins are also available. RV Park accommodates power and water. New ** Pool and waterslide. Dan & Theresa Cote 386 Smith Street, Hinton, AB, T9V 2A1 Tel: 780-865-5099 • 1-888-700-2264 Fax: 780-865-7640 hinton@bestcdn.com • www.bestcdn.com

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN SKI LODGE

FANTASYLAND HOTEL

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Welcoming, Clean and Customer Service-Oriented, the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options from standard rooms and studios to apartment condominiums with kitchens and gas fireplaces. All rooms have fridges, free wireless internet access and great mountain views. Enjoy amenities such as jacuzzi, sauna, laundry room, playground and BBQ. Convenient location in Canmore. 5km from Banff Nat’l Park. 14 year recipient of the Alberta Housekeeping Award. Open year round. Group Rates.

Located in The Greatest Indoor Show on Earth, West Edmonton Mall, Fantasyland Hotel features 355 guestrooms including 120 world famous theme rooms and over 25,000 square feet of Conference and Banquet facilities. Relax in a classical Roman Room, escape to the islands in the Polynesian Room or go on a safari in the African Room. If it's business, pleasure, a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Fantasyland Hotel provides a variety of incomparable choices.

The Mayfield Inn & Suites is a 4 star full service hotel with 327 guestrooms & suites. We offer complimentary parking including space for large tour buses. Located in the west end of the City, minutes from the world famous West Edmonton Mall. Several food & beverage choices on site including a live Dinner Theatre known for it's delicious food & excellent entertainment value. We also offer a full Athletic club including an indoor pool.

Dave Mitchell 17700 - 87 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5T 4V4 Tel: 780-444-3000 • 1-800-737-3783 Fax: 780-444-3294 rooms@fantasylandhotel.com www.fantasylandhotel.com

Caroline Thompson 16615 109 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T5P 4K8 Tel: 780-930 4038 • 1-800-661-9804 Fax: 780-481-3923 cthompson@silverbirchhotels.com www.mayfieldinnedmonton.com www.greatcanadianhotels.com

Donna Trautman 1711 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB, T1W 2T8 Tel: 403-678-5445 • 1-800-665-6111 Fax: 403-678-6484 groups@rockyski.ca • www.rockyski.ca

THE JUNIPER HOTEL & BISTRO

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Christine Frewin 1 Juniper Way & Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, AB, T1L 1E1 Tel: 403-763-7811 • 1-866-551-2281 Fax: 403-762-8331 sales@thejuniper.com • www.thejuniper.com

THE SAWRIDGE INN AND CONFERENCE CENTRE - JASPER Located in scenic Jasper National Park, the recently renovated Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre is your hotel of choice when visiting beautiful Jasper. Recently awarded the Canada Select Four Star rating, the Inn’s extensive facilities and amenities are sure to satisfy the most discriminate traveler. Motorcoach parking available. Escorts provided with comp rooms and meals (some restrictions apply). Baggage handling provided. Disability accessible rooms available. 10 minutes walk from downtown. Come and experience our great indoors!

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Pierre Frigon PO Box 2080 - 82 Connaught Drive, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0 Tel: 780-852-5111 • 1-888-729-7343 Fax: 780-852-5942 jasper@sawridge.com www.sawridgejasper.com www.sawridge.com

Edmonton & Area ARGYLL PLAZA HOTEL The Argyll Plaza Hotel is conveinently located on Edmontons South Side. We offer a large oversized parking lot great for motorchoaches. Many nearby facilities, and on site restauraunt and lounge. We have oversized rooms with fridges, some with kitchenettes. Located minutes away from Edmonton's Famous White avenue offers guests a unique shopping and dining experience. Group Rates starting at only $89.00 / room. Based on double occupancy.

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Sam Kumar 9933 - 63 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6E 6C9 Tel: 780-438-5876 • 1-866-203-2930 Fax: 780-436-5813 sales@argyllplazahotel.com www.argyllplazahotel.com

HOLIDAY INN CONVENTION CENTRE EDMONTON We feature 168 guest rooms including Executive Jacuzzi suites. All rooms feature Complimentary High Speed Internet, 2 Telephone Lines with Free Local Calling, Ironing board, Mini fridge, In room Safe & Hair dryer. Our Hotel amenities include a Family Restaurant, Cranberries Cocktail Lounge, Networks Business Center, Indoor Pool, Steam Room and Hot Tub. Plan your Meeting or Special Event in one of our banquet rooms including the New Luxurious Grand Ballroom which accommodates 450 Banquet style, 800 theatre style and the Western Conference Ballroom accommodates 300 Banquet Style and 500 theatre style. Sales Department 4520 76 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6B 0A5 Tel: 780-468-5400 • 1-800-661-5193 Fax: 780-466-0451 hotel@hiccedmonton.com www.hiccedmonton.com www.hi67.com

RAMADA CONFERENCE CENTRE With 428 spacious guestrooms (220 double Queens)the Ramada Conference Centre is an excellent choice for tour companies. Ideally located just 7 minutes from downtown and minutes from the city's top attractions, our hotel offers complimentary parking for tour buses with an escort/driver comp policy. We offer baggage handling at $4.25/bag. Other unique services include a new busines centre, Complimentary Wireless Internet through out the entire hotel, healthclub/fitness centre combination and inhouse restaurant.

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Lyndsay Hamilton 11834 Kingsway, Edmonton, AB, T5G 3J5 Tel: 780-453-7343; 1-888-747-4114 Fax: 780-453-7324 LHamilton@chiphospitality.com www.RamadaEdmonton.com www.GreatCanadianHotels.com/Tour

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THE SUTTON PLACE HOTEL, EDMONTON Located in the heart of downtown, the property is connected to the Edmonton City Centre for all your shopping, entertainment and business needs. Connected to the Light Transit System (LRT) via an underground walkway. Complete your Hotel experience by sampling the award winning menu items in Capitals restaurant; then indulge your sweet tooth with our Chocoholic Buffet in the Central Park Lounge on Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Ike Janacek 10235 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3E9 Tel: 780-428-7111 • 1-866-378-8866 Fax: 780-441-3099 info_edmonton@suttonplace.com www.edmonton.suttonplace.com

TRAVELODGE EDMONTON EAST 3414-118th Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5W 0Z4 Tel: 780-474-0456

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The Juniper Hotel is well known as Banff's boutique mountain oasis with inspiring panoramic mountain views. Set amidst tall pines and only 2 kms to downtown, guests enjoy serenity. The Juniper features 52 retro-style guest rooms, suites & chalets. Guests enjoy the Bistro & Lounge, hotel amenities, on-site walking trails, wildlife viewing and group oriented services. Group dining and meetings are popular with 6,400 sq feet of venue space. Visit the website for photos.

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TRAVELODGE EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LEDUC) 5704-50th Street, Leduc, AB, T9E 6J4 Tel: 780-986-2264

TRAVELODGE EDMONTON SOUTH 10320 45th Avenue South, Edmonton, AB, T6H 5K3 Tel: 780-436-9770

TRAVELODGE EDMONTON WEST The Travelodge Edmonton West is an economy brand Hotel which offers "GREAT" group rates without sacrificing the EXTRA's. Some of the many "Extra's include complimentary high speed internet access, motorcoach parking, driver complimentary policy, coin operated washers and dryers, Smitty's restaurant on-site. Conveniently located in the west end of the city, we're a five minute drive to West Edmonton Mall and surrounded by several other shopping and dining venues within walking distance.

SUPER 8 HOTEL EDMONTON SOUTH The Super 8 Hotel features 104 nicely appointed guest rooms which is perfect for any tour passing through. The hotel offers free motor coach park, our Superstart Plus Continental Breakfast, welcome reception for tours and 1 complimentary room for the bus driver with every 15 revenue rooms. The hotel is equipped with 3 accessible rooms. There is an extensive selection of shopping and fine dining surrounding the hotel.

18320 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1A7 Tel: 780-483-6031

TRAVELODGE HOTEL EDMONTON/STONY PLAIN 74 Boulder Blvd., Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 1V7 Tel: 780-963-1161

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Chris Short 3610 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, AB, T6J 7H8 Tel: 780-433-8688 • 1-866-468-8839 Fax: 780-433-8823 super8hotel@shaw.ca www.super8edmontonsouth.com

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WINGATE BY WYNDHAM

LLOYDMINSTER LEISURE CENTRE

The Wingate by Wyndham combines the latest in business-oriented technology with a level of comfort and service that is second to none. Our number one priority is your satisfaction. We offer a range of amenities for your enjoyment. When it’s time to wind down, take advantage of our indoor pool, whirlpool, Water Park, and fitness centre. Our complimentary shuttle service can also whisk you off to the world famous West Edmonton Mall, only minutes away.

The Lloydminster Leisure Centre is the located in Bud Miller All Seasons Park. This group and family friendly facility offers a wheelchair accessible wave pool, a 150’ waterslide, a 6 lane 25-meter pool, sauna & steam rooms, and a fitness room! Everyone in the group can find their favourite activity! Meeting space, concessions, and instructional staff on hand make the Leisure Centre a terrific group facility.

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Chirstopher Mis (GM)/Tara Gamble (Sales Manager) 18220-100 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5S 2V2 Tel: 1-800-228-1000 • 780-443-1000 Fax: 780-443-0500 info@wingateinnedmonton.com www.wingateinnedmonton.com

attractions Alberta Central BARR COLONY HERITAGE CULTURAL CENTRE

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The Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre is a multifaceted facility with diverse exhibitions consisting of the Richard Larsen Museum, Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, Imhoff Art Collection, OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre and travelling exhibition & community art galleries. The Window Shop specialty gift shop is also located on site. The Centre's exhibitions interpret the story of the British immigrant settlers known as the Barr Colonists, rural agricultural life, natural and geographical history and the visual arts of Canada.

2902 – 59 Avenue, Lloydminster, AB, T9V 1X5 Tel: 780-875-4499 Fax: 780-875-4495 www.lloydminster.ca

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Nine Aboriginal Cultures, Five Forts, Two Companies - One Great Site! The story of Rocky Mountain House from 1799-1875 is a vibrant, and sometimes controversial story of rivalries and cross-cultural trade. Today, Parks Canada protects the archaeological remains of four trading posts while presenting the site's history. As you walk this land, in the footsteps of those who journeyed here over 200 years ago, allow our friendly and informative staff to enrich your visit. Judy Lougheed 6 km W of Rocky Mountain House on Highway 11A, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 2A4 Tel: 403-845-2412 Fax: 403-845-5320 rocky.info@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse

Alberta South BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE

Highway 16 East at 45 Avenue, Lloydminster, AB, T9V 1R9 Tel: 306-825-5655 Fax: 306-825-9070 bchcc@lloydminster.ca www.lloydminster.ca/museum.html

EM-TE TOWN Em-te Town is a 1880's replica western frontier town. Experience life in an idyllic setting at the edge of civilization. Tour our many buildings including Bank, Jail, Church, Hotel, Blacksmith, Morque, Bank, etc; each containing artifacts of the era. Experience a fully functioning Saloon, Restaurant, and Emporium. Wildlife & domestic animals. Accomodations include rustic Cabins, full service Motel and spacious Campground set along Wolf Creek. We also cater to coporate functions, reunions and weddings. Open AprilDecember. Rex Austin / Randy Rose TWP 454, Alder Flats, AB, T0C 0A0 Tel: 780-388-2166 Fax: 780-388-0230 emte@emtetown.com • www.emtetown.com

LLOYDMINSTER COMMON WEALTH CENTRE The Common Wealth Centre is a multiplex recreation facility and is the newest recreation centre in the City of Lloydminster! Two NHL size hockey arenas, a leisure ice surface, two field houses, a walking track, and exercise equipment are some of the options for your group! Perhaps the best aspect is that the Common Wealth Centre is connected to one of Lloydminster’s newest hotels, resulting in a single great sight for your group event! #1, 5202 – 12 Street, Lloydminster, AB, T9V 0W1 Tel: 780-875-4529 Fax: 780-875-4303 bookings@lloydminster.ca www.lloydminster.ca

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The Bowman Arts Centre administrates three exhibition spaces; two at the Centre, and one at the Yates Theatre. The Centre also runs extensive educational programming for children, adults and adults with special needs. Besides its programmed activities, the Bowman Arts Centre is a meeting and production space for numerous visual arts, performing arts and artisan organizations. Admittance to the Centre is free, and the public is invited and encouraged to visit. Lethbridge, AB Tel: 403-327-2813

DEVIL'S COULEE DINOSAUR & HERITAGE MUSEUM Discovered in 1987, this is the only palaeontological site in Canada to contain dinosaur nests with embryos preserved within the eggs of hadrosaurs (duck-billed dinosaurs), and there is indication of 6 other types of dinosaur nests. A wide variety of mammal teeth, crocodile bones, teeth, fish scales and clams can be found also. Visit the Museum for interpretive tours about the dinosaur find & our local heritage displays. Book your guided tour out to the site. Trish Hill - Manager 300 County Road, Warner, AB, T0K 2L0 Tel: 403.642.2118 Fax: 403-642-3660 dinoegg@telusplanet.net www.devilscoulee.com


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Medicine Hat's ultimate one-stop cultural destination! The Esplanade is a place to celebrate, enjoy and learn about culture, heritage and the arts – all in one stunning facility! Its Art Gallery, Archives, Museum, Theatre, Gift Shop and Education Program offer a diversity of cultural programs including professional and community-based exhibitions, performances, activities and services. Located in the heart of downtown Medicine Hat. You can spend hours here! Groups of 12 or more receive 30% off admission! Terra Rogowski 401 First Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8W2 Tel: 403-502-8580 Fax: 403-502-8589 esplanade@medicinehat.ca www.esplanade.ca • www.tixx.ca

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FORT WHOOP UP NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Established by Montana fur traders in 1869, Fort Whoop-Up was founded by scoundrels seeking profit and adventure. Today, the Fort interprets the notorious whiskey fort through •Blackfoot & North West Mounted Police Interpretation •Extensive Firearms Display •Thunder Chief Blackfoot and Plains Culture Gallery •12 period fort rooms •Indian Battle Park Horse Drawn Park Tours •Cree Blackfoot Battle Interpretation • Gift Shop with Period trade goods for sale • Concession with Hard Ice Cream Doran Degenstein Indian Battle Park, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4A2 Tel: 403-329-0444 Fax: 403-329-0645 info@fortwhoopup.com • www.fortwhoopup.com

FRANK SLIDE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE "Canada's Deadliest Rockslide" On April 29th in 1903, 82 million tonnes of rock fell on part of the Town of Frank. New exhibit galleries feature the compelling story of the Frank Slide against the backdrop of the dramatic history of the Crowsnest Pass. Award-winning high definition audio-visual presentations. New motor coach step-on guide service in the Crowsnest Pass. Fully accessible facility. Motor coach parking. Escort/driver comp policy. Average visit 2 hours. Open year round. Christa Peters 1.5 km off Highway #3, Crowsnest Pass, AB, T0K 0E0 Tel: 403-562-7388 • 1-310-0000 Fax: 403-562-8635 info@frankslide.com • www.frankslide.com

GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES Featuring a Discovery Hall with travelling and interactive permanent exhibits highlighting people of southwestern Alberta; stunning viewing gallery overlooking famous CPR High Level Bridge; adjacent outdoor patio and access to Indian Battle Park walking paths and attractions in Oldman River valley. Museum Store retails mementos and Lethbridge’s official gemstone: Ammolite. 1910 Galt Hospital wing is a provincial historic resource. Special tours can be arranged: ghost, downtown - call for details. Adjacent to shopping, dining, accommodation, downtown. Belinda Crowson 502 - 1 St S, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P6 Tel: 403-320-4248 • 1-866-320-3898 Fax: 403.328-4958 info@galtmuseum.com www.galtmuseum.com

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HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP

NIKKA YUKO JAPANESE GARDEN

This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back almost 6,000 years, and is the largest and best preserved buffalo jump North America. Open yearround, this facility is fully accessible. Tour groups can book Blackfoot guides. Fantastic program for families / students /youth groups. Additional services include: gift shop, theatre, walking trails and (seasonal) cafeteria and shuttle bus. Native drumming/dancing on Wednesdays in summer (July/Aug). Average visit 2 hours. Motor coach parking and escort/driver comp policy.

Imagine a serene garden enclosure, resembling traditional Japan, within your own city limits. Nikka Yuko is just that. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden incorporates Japanese philosophies of beauty in age and beauty in simplicity which are prevalant throughout the garden's architecture and pruning. The garden represents friendship, inviting all to enjoy the ever-changing scenery within its walls. A multituted of activities and hosts in tradidtional dress make any visit an exciting and cultural experience.

Quinton Crow Shoe Box 1977, Fort Macleod, AB, T0L0Z0 Tel: 403-553-2731 Fax: 403-553-3141 info@head-smashed-in.com www.head-smashed-in.com

Jennifer Heninger 9th Ave. and Mayor Magrath Dr. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 3Z6 Tel: 403-328-3511 Fax: 403-328-0511 info@nikkayuko.com • www.nikkayuko.com

HELEN SCHULER NATURE CENTRE

REMINGTON CARRIAGE MUSEUM

Experience the nature of Lethbridge! Nestled in the Oldman River Valley in Lethbridge, Alberta, the Helen Schuler Coulee Centre has been offering visitors a chance to discover nature first-hand since 1982. There is so much to explore; from the seasonal exhibits to interpreter led guided walks through the 200 acre Nature Reserve. 3 self-guided trails allow you to discover many of the wildlife viewing areas at your own pace. Free Admission.

Open year-round, the award winning Remington Carriage Museum is the largest carriage museum in North America. Within the exhibit galleries more than 240 horse-drawn vehicles including buggies, wagons, sleighs and carriages can be seen. Featuring: daily guided tours, interactive exhibits, working restoration shop, 80 seat theatre, horse stables, Mom’s Restaurant, special events,and seasonal carriage rides. Expect a 2 hour visit. Motor coach parking and complimentary passes for escort/driver. Located 30 minutes from Waterton Lakes National Park.

North of High Level Bridge in Indian Battle Park, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P6 Tel: 403-320-3064 Fax: 403-320-4275 hscc@lethbridge.ca

LETHBRIDGE SYMPHONY The Lethbridge Symphony Association proudly presents its 49th season. Committed to provide Southern Alberta the highest quality symphonic music, our season includes the Chamber Series by Musaeus, our Broadway Musical production as well as guest artists with The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra. Our season begins in October with Musaeus’ opening concert and the Broadway Musical, The Light in the Piazza. The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra premieres in November with guest artist, pianist Matthew Blackburn, winner of the 2009 LSO Young Artist Competition. Dawn Leite PO Box 1101, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4A2 Tel: 403-328-6808 Fax: 403-380-4418 dawn@lethbridgesymphony.org www.lethbridgesymphony.org

MEDICINE HAT'S HISTORIC CLAY DISTRICT In the early 1900s, Medicine Hat’s clay factories distributed stoneware and pottery as far away as Australia. Today, the iconic 1912 Medalta Potteries factory is a National Historic Site, gift shop and museum, providing opportunities for visitors to learn about turn of the century industrial life. Step inside a rare beehive-shaped kiln, explore the old factory and see first-hand how pottery is made in the Working Pottery. Interactive, interpretive-lead tours available. Open year-round. Ron Mason 713 Medalta Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 3K9 Tel: 403-529-1070 • 1-866-529-1070 Fax: 403-580-5868 info@medalta.org • www.medalta.org

Joyce Zemp PO Box 1649, Cardston, AB, T0K 0K0 Tel: 403-653-5139 Fax: 403-653-5160 info@RemingtonCarriageMuseum.com

SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY Located in the heart of the community, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a dynamic exhibition schedule featuring contemporary art by renowned local, regional, national, and international artists. A tempting gift shop, in close proximity to cafes and other shopping, carries unique handcrafted items produced by local and area artisans. Committed to the learning and growth of our visitors and community, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery offers a variety of educational programs for all ages. Hours: Open year round, Tues- Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 15pmAdmission Fees: General Admission $5.00, Student/Senior Citizen $4.00, Group Rate $3.00/person, Members/Children under 12 free. Christina Cuthbertson Mailing: 601 Third Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1K 5H2, Temporary location (until summer 2010): 324 – 5 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0H4 Tel: 403-327-8770 Fax: 403-328-3913 info@saag.ca • www.saag.ca


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TOMPKINS JEWELLERS Join us for a guided tour of an above ground Ammolite mine on private property, by invitation only. Lean an exciting array of information on paleontology, history, geography, geology & gemmology. See mining in action and view unearthed fossils. Food & beverages supplied, along with a gify bag for each participant. Tour lasts 1 1/2 - 2 hours with 1/2 hour ride to retail location where another 1/2 hour is spent eating, viewing fossils and jewellery. Price per participant dependant on number in group. Tours available Monday - Thursdays in the months of June, July, August & September. Lisa Corbin 326-7 St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2G2 Tel: 403-327-3119 Fax: 403-327-7886 inquiries@tompkinsjewellers.com www.tompkinsjewellers.com

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CALGARY ZOO'S BOTANICAL GARDENS Nearly 6 acres of one of Western Canada's most impressive horticultural showcases awaits you at the Calgary Zoo! Creative displays of over 4000 ornamental species welcome every season. Annuals, perennials and shrub and tree collections. Enjoy the lush atmosphere of exotic tropical plants, towering palms and free-flying birds in The Conservatory. Arid gardens, stunning orchids and exotic Butterfly Gardens complete this glass oasis in the centre of the Zoo. Self-guided. Seasonal gardens. Year round displays. Trish Exton-Parder 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 7V6 Tel: 403-232-9381 • 1-800-588-9993 Fax: 403-237-7582 trishep@calgaryzoo.ab.ca www.calgaryzoo.com

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CALGARY ZOO'S PREHISTORIC PARK

CALGARY ZOO

Unique to the world, the Calgary Zoo's Prehistoric Park offers an image of Western Canada as it might have appeared when dinosaurs reigned supreme. Enter the Park and travel into the past to explore more than 100 species of plants and a collection of life-sized dinosaurs that reflect that ancient time. Recreated within its 6.5 acre boundary, the Prehistoric Park takes you back into the Mesozoic Era. Self-guided. Trish Exton-Parder 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 7V6 Tel: 403-232-9381 • 1-800-588-9993 Fax: 403-237-7582 trishep@calgaryzoo.ab.ca www.calgaryzoo.com

Don't hope to see Canadian wildlife--plan on it at the Calgary Zoo! Wander through the Canadian Wilds and get an up close view of grizzlies, bighorn, cougars, moose, bison and more as you observe them in natural habitats. Just one of the many fantastic themed areas at the Calgary Zoo! Guided and self-guided available. Complimentary bus parking, drop off areas and easy access to major highways. Custom tours available to suit your needs. Open year-round. Trish Exton-Parder 1300 Zoo Road NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 7V6 Tel: 403-232-9381 • 1-800-588-9993 Fax: 403-237-7582 trishep@calgaryzoo.ab.ca www.calgaryzoo.com

FORT CALGARY The heart of Calgary is red ... the scarlet red of the North West Mounted Police tunic. When the NWMP built their fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in 1875, they laid the foundations for the city we enjoy today. Discover the hopes and dreams of the Mounted Police and Calgary from 1875-1914 in a lively Interpretive Centre. Fort Calgary offers a range of services to celebrate our past and your future. Nicky Peeters 750 - 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5 Tel: 403-290-1875 Fax: 403-265-6534 info@fortcalgary.com •www.fortcalgary.com

INGLEWOOD BIRD SANCTUARY The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a 36-hectare wildlife reserve located along the Bow River in southeast Calgary. We offer guided tours for groups of up to 30 people. Let our professional naturalists guide your group over two kilometers of level trails through open grasslands, a riverine forest, past a peaceful lagoon, and introduce you to the natural history of our region. For more information, call 3-1-1 (within Calgary) or (403)268-CITY (from outside of Calgary). Wheelchair accessible. 2425 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 4T4 Tel: 403-268-2489 inglewoodbirdsanctuary@calgary.ca www.calgary.ca/parks/naturecentre

READER ROCK GARDEN This historic garden is a tribute to one man's passion for plants and beauty. William Reader (Superintendent for The City of Calgary Parks from 1913-1942)transformed the bare, north hillside of Union Cemetery around his city-supplied home into an internationally acclaimed garden. Lovingly rehabilitated in 2005 accroding to Reader's original plans, the garden blooms from mid-March to mid-November. The reconstructed Arts and Crafts-style house features a restaurant, Reader's Garden Cafe, and is available for reservations and rentals. 325 25 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5 Tel: 403-268-2489 www.calgary.ca/parks

THE BAR U RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA Experience the soul of the Canadian west. Step back in time to trace the history of one of the largest, most fabled cattle ranches in history. Take a horse-drawn wagon down into the ranch headquarters. Explore the famed Percheron stud horse barn, the blacksmith and harness shops, and the legendary Bar U cookhouse. Sit by the fire at Roundup Camp and listen to the stories of how the Canadian west was won. Deb Pigeon Junction of Hwy 22 & Hwy 540, Longview, AB, T0L 1H0 Tel: 403-395-3044 Fax: 403-395-2331 www.pc.gc.ca

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MIETTE HOT SPRINGS/BANFF UPPER HOT SPRINGS

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Miette Hot Springs Don't miss the scenic drive up the wild Fiddle Valley to the hottest mineral springs (54C) of the Canadian Rockies. The water is cooled to a comfortable 40C for bathers. Enjoy two outdoor mineral hot pools, two cool pools, pool-side shower, Café and gift shop. Open Daily, May 8 to October 12, 2009 Banff Upper Hot Springs For over 100 years, visitors to Banff have come to relax in the hot spring and enjoy the spectacular views. The 1932 heritage bathhouse features all the modern amenities that visitors expect, including an excellent spa. The hot springs are fully accessible and open daily, year round. Scott Turnbull 17 Km down Miette Rd/End of Mountain Ave, Jasper/Banff, AB, T1L 1K2 Tel: 403-762-1515 hot.springs@pc.gc.ca • www.hotsprings.ca

Banff National Park is Canada's oldest and most famous national park. Hot springs, glaciers, turquoise lakes, dense conifer forests, and the mountain peaks of the Great Divide are the natural attractions that make Banff a world class tourism destination. Accommodations, services and amenities are available year round in the town of Banff. Park visitors enjoy seasonal activities like hiking and backpacking, front and back country camping, alpine and Nordic skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding. 101 Mountain Avenue, Banff, AB, T1l 1K2 Tel: 403-762-1500

CAVE AND BASIN AND BANFF PARK MUSEUM NHSC

Steve Malins 311 Cave Avenue, Banff, AB, T1L 1K2 Tel: 403-762-1557 Fax: 403-762-1565 banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ab/caveandbasin/ www.pc.gc.ca

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Spanning almost 11,000 Km, Jasper National Park is the largest mountain park in Canada. The town of Jasper is conveniently located just 375 Km west of Edmonton, and features plenty of accommodation, adventure and amenities for your group. Along with spectacular views, you will find frequent opportunities to view a variety of wildlife. Be sure to include a tour south on the Icefield Parkway, a route rated in the top 5 most scenic drives of the world. See www.icefieldsparkway.ca for more information. Box 10, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0 Tel: 780-852-6176 Fax: 780-852-6152 pnj.jnp@pc.gc.ca

JASPER-YELLOWHEAD MUSEUM & ARCHIVES Our Historical Gallery includes exhibits on the fur trade, pioneers, the railways and early tourism in Jasper National Park. Among the artefacts on display are Curly Phillips’ canoe and the ice axe recovered from Mount Alberta. The exhibits in our Showcase Gallery change throughout the year. We host a variety exhibits that are culturally or historically significant to the area. Admission: Adults $5 Seniors/Students $4 Families $12 15% discount for groups of 10 or more. Gift shop. Bus parking.Wheelchair accessible. Karen Byers 400 Pyramid Lake Rd., Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0 Tel: 780-852-3013 Fax: 780-852-3240 manager@jaspermuseum.org www.jaspermuseum.org

The Art Gallery of Alberta is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the province's premier art museum. Centrally located, the AGA presents a constantly changing array of local, national and international art exhibitions. The AGA also offers studio classes, group and school tours, and exciting public events. Allow 1 to 2 hours for visit. Accessible by Bus and LRT (Bay Station). Wheelchair accessible. Conveniently located near hotels, restaurants, shopping and YMCA. Education Programs Manager 100, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2C1 Tel: 780-422-6223 Fax: 780-426-3105 lbale@artgalleryalberta.com www.artgalleryalberta.com

MOUNT REVELSTOKE AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARKS

CANADIAN PETROLEUM DISCOVERY CENTRE - LEDUC #1

With more than 400 glaciers and icefields and some of Canada’s most active avalanche areas, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks are synonymous with winter. The parks are home to the world’s only inland cedar-hemlock rainforest and spectacular subalpine flower meadows. The parks’ rugged beauty and challenging peaks attract many outdoor enthusiasts, but they also have a gentler side – uncrowded campgrounds, picnic areas and interpretive trails, and an awardwinning discovery centre at Rogers Pass.

Bringing the thrill of science and discovery together with the pioneering ingenuity of the early oil patch, the Discovery Centre preserves and interprets history while instilling a sense of excitement for the future. Visitors will marvel at the scale and quality of exhibits (23,000 sq. ft) located on 80 acres. The Centre offers educational programs, tours, gift shop and much more! Experience the discovery that put Alberta on the World map and where discovery goes on!

301 West 3rd street, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 Tel: 250-837-7500 www.pc.gc.ca/pnnp/bc/revelstoke/index_e.asp www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/glacier/index_E.asp

Dianne Allen - Executive Director #6 - 20 Haven Ave., Devon, AB, T9G 2B9 Tel: 780-987-4323 • 1-866-987-4323 Fax: 780-987-4365 dallen@c-pic.org www.LeducNumber1.com

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE™ EDMONTON

Take time to explore and enjoy this distinctive landscape “where the mountains meet the prairie." Shaped by wind, fire and water, Waterton has over 250 species of birds, more than 60 species of mammals, 24 species of fish and 8 species of reptiles and amphibians. Because the open prairie sweeps up mountainsides, you can enjoy spectacular vistas, carpeted by abundant wildflowers and peppered with wildlife such as deer, bighorn sheep, ground squirrels, birds and bears.

Featuring interactive Exhibit Galleries. Walk through the human body in The Body Fantastic; solve a mystery in Mystery Avenue; gain a deeper understanding of Mother Nature in The Green's House; and explore space in every dimension in Space Place. For the Ultimate Movie Experience, take in an IMAX film, or enjoy fulldome shows in the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre. Take in a Science Demonstration. Visit the Observatory, Gift Shop and Café.

Locke Marshall Box 200, Waterton Park, AB, T0K 2M0 Tel: 403-859-5133 Fax: 403-859-5152 waterton.info@pc.gc.ca • www.pc.gc.ca

Group Sales Coordinator 11211-142 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 4A1 Tel: 780-451-3344 Fax: 780-455-5882 bookings@telusworldofscienceedmonton.com www.telusworldofscience.com/edmonton

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WEST EDMONTON MALL

ALBERTA LEGISLATURE This beautiful heritage building offers free guided building tours daily and is a “must see” for visitors to the capital. Surrounding parkland includes a fountain and wading pools in summer, a skating rink in winter, and numerous outdoor monuments to explore on a self guided-grounds tour. Family Day and Canada Day activities, “Celebrate the Season” events in December. Interpretive Centre and Gift Shop in the adjoining pedway. Advance reservations recommended for large groups and bus arrivals. Visitor Services 108 Street and 98 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T5K 2N6 Tel: 780-427-7362 Fax: 780-427-0980 visitorinfo@assembly.ab.ca www.assembly.ab.ca/visitor

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Cave and Basin National Historic Site These thermal springs are the birthplace of Canada’s National Park System. Visit this special place and enjoy self-guiding Interpretive boardwalks, a real cave, exhibits, film and the summertime “Café at the Cave”. Banff Park Museum National Historic Site A great way to start your visit to Banff National Park. This showpiece of 1903 architecture and early natural history interpretation provides a unique, safe way to view local wildlife up close.

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

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West Edmonton Mall is Alberta's #1 tourist destination! Home to a staggering 800 stores and services (many of them exclusive), over 100 eating establishments and nine thrilling parks and attractions, West Edmonton Mall also offers a casino, comedy club, shooting range, paintball, dinner theatre, movie theatres, pubs and nightclubs, three elaborately decorated theme streets, two unique hotels and much more! There is something for everyone, and it’s all under one roof! Group rates/programs are available. Pam Duigou 2472, 8882 - 170 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5T 4J2 Tel: 780-444-5205 • 1-800-661-8890 Fax: 780-444-5223 pam.duigou@wem.ca www.westedmontonmall.com

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303A, 4406- 50 Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4N 3Z6 Tel: 403-254-6023 • 1-888-414-4139 www.travelalbertacentral.com

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CITY OF LLOYDMINSTER

Lloydminster is Canada’s Border City, with a unique location partially within Saskatchewan and Alberta. Settled over 100 years ago in Canada’s largest group settlement, Lloydminster is now a thriving city. Serving as a business hub for over 100,000 people, Lloydminster thrives on the oil, agriculture, and retail industries. The City has plenty of action at sites such as Bud Miller All Seasons Park, the Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre, a summer exhibition, and much more. 4420 – 50 Avenue, Lloydminster, AB/SK, T9V 0W2 Tel: 1-800-825-6180 Fax:780-871-8348 tourism@lloydminster.ca www.lloydminstertourism.ca

TOURISM RED DEER & VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

We are conveniently located midway between Calgary and Edmonton, along the Highway 2 corridor, situated just North of the 32nd Street overpass on the QEII. Our Visitor Information Centre is open year round; our knowledgeable counselors provide information on attractions, activities, accommodation, and events for Red Deer and Area. Tourism Red Deer’s Visitor Information Centre includes a snack shop, gift shop, washrooms, rest area, sports museum, plenty of parking and highway access. Darren Kuz 30A Riverview Park, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1E3 Tel: 403-346-0180 • 1-800-215-8946 Fax: 403-346-5081 info@tourismreddeer.net www.tourismreddeer.net

Alberta North TRAVEL ALBERTA NORTH

4901 B Woodheights Road, Athabasca, AB, T9S 1M5 Tel: 780-675-3744 • 1-888-756-4351 www.travelalbertanorth.com

Alberta South ALBERTA SOUTH TOURISM DESTINATION REGION

3096 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 2X2 Tel: 403-526-6355; 1-888-486-8722 www.travelalbertasouth.com

CITY OF LETHBRIDGE

Heart of Southern Alberta, a gateway to the Rocky Mountains and to the Badlands, Lethbridge offers a wealth of attractions, services and facilities. This prosperous city of 83,000 people hosts many events and is the major service centre of the south. Distinctively known as home to the High Level Bridge, the longest and tallest trestle bridge in the world constructed completed in 1909. Explore Lethbridge and make it home to explore the world-class attractions of the region. Recreation, Parks & Culture Department 910 - 4 Ave. South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P6 Tel: 403-320-3020 Fax: 403-320-4163 www.lethbridge.ca

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TOURISM MEDICINE HAT

The wide open spaces and clear blue skies of southern Alberta are the canvas for the natural beauty of our city located in the scenic South Saskatchewan River Valley. Experience an area rich in Arts & Culture set in the beautiful geographic diversity of the Canadian Badlands. With many indoor and outdoor activities and attractions as well as great food and accommodations, Medicine Hat is a fun and exciting vacation destination. Tourism Medicine Hat 8 Gehring Road SW, Medicine Hat, AB, T1B 4W1 Tel: 1-800-481-2822 info@tourismmedicinehat.com www.tourismmedicinehat.com

Calgary & Area TOURISM CALGARY

238 – 11 Avenue SE # 200, Calgary, AB, T2G 0X8 Tel: 403-263-8510; 1-800-661-1678 www.tourism calgary.com

Canadian Rockies CANADIAN ROCKIES TOURISM DESTINATION REGION PO Box 250, 102 Spray Avenue, Banff, AB, T1L 1A6 Tel: 403-762-0279 www.canadianrokiestourism.com

EDMONTON TOURISM

World Trade Centre Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, T5J 1P7 Tel: 780-496-8400 • 1-800-463-4667 www.edmonton.com

recreation & adventure Edmonton & Area BUSHMAN INC.

Your Outdoor Adventure Connection! Boreal Lakeland Eco-Tours, canoing, hiking, birding, photography, wildlife viewing, bushcraft Fully guided day trips,or multi day tours in the wildlife rich Chip Lake ecosystem. Rustic ranch accommodations include private cabins(sleep up to 6) with full bath, home cooked meals including bag lunch,coach parking, baggage handling, pick up at Edmonton International Airport, Activities for all ages and abilities...only 1.5 hours west of Edmonton. For the Naturalist in You Bill Abercrombie 21061 A Wye Road, Sherwood Park, AB, T8G 1C7 Tel: 780-922-5408 • 1-877-446-0204 Fax: 780-922-5431 bushman@traplineadventures.com www.bushman-inc.ca

restaurant Canadian Rockies SMITTY'S FAMILY RESTAURANT

Smitty's Family Restaurant is a full service Canadian franchise eatery located at the heart of Jasper. Smitty's serves family fare: extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner selections; including children and senior menus at value conscious prices. We have 120 seats. We are flexible, accommodating, and we are very experienced and efficient with tour groups. For bookings or reservations, please contact Alfred Kong at 780-852-3111 Alfred Kong 109 Miette Avenue, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0 Tel: 780-852-3111 Fax: 780-852-4880 www.smittys.ca

Edmonton & Area WEST EDMONTON MALL

WEM has over 100 dining options to satisfy anyones hunger, from sushi to Alberta beef, fast food to formal. Taste international dishes on Bourbon Street with great restaurants such as Moxie's, Earl's, Jungle Jim's, Boston Pizza, Old Spaghetti Factory, Tony Roma's, Albert's and more! Experience exotic sights, sounds and tastes of a busy Far East market in the Chinatown themed street - including T & T Supermarket and more! Contact us for a complete restaurant listing. Pam Duigou 2472, 8882 - 170 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5T 4M2 Tel: 780-444-5205 • 1-800-661-8890 Fax: 780-444-5223 pduigou@westedmontonmall.com www.westedmontonmall.com

shopping Edmonton & Area WEST EDMONTON MALL

*Free motorcoach parking and designated pick up and drop off entrances.Incentives for escort/drivers - contact us for further details.*Plan for a least a full day or severals days to enjoy the Mall and it's many attractions.Each WEM attraction has an separate entrance fee (group rates available).*Group and FIT programs available for qualified tour companies - Example: Meet and Greet's...*Fam tour opportunities available.*WEM DVD's, Image CD's, brochures available. Sample itineraries and tour planning assistance available. Pam Duigou 2472, 8882 - 170 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5T 4M2 Tel: 780-444-5205 • 1-800-661-8890 Fax: 780-444-5223 pam.duigou@wem.ca www.westedmontonmall.com

theatres Alberta South YATES MEMORIAL CENTRE

Situated in downtown Lethbridge, the centre includes two theatres the Yates Theatre & the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. The centre is the primary home of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Lethbridge Playgoers, Lethbridge Musical Theatre and New West Theatre. These resident groups, along with a local dance, schools, and regional performing arts groups showcase a variety of entertainment. The centre also is home to an art gallery for local artists & exhibitions and a Lethbridge Ticket Centre location. Manager 1002 4th Ave, South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 0P6 Tel: 403.320.3009 www.lethbridge.ca/leisure www.lethbridge.ca/tickets


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saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP Heritage Centre; Regina,

saskatchewan follow your heart to Saskatchewan! Welcome to the Land of Living Skies, where an exciting mix of the “old west” and fantastic new frontiers await your visit. Explore Saskatchewan. You will discover 100,000 lakes and rivers, some of the world’s friendliest people and our famous living skies. Relive our fascinating history and celebrate it with us at lively events and colourful festivals. Enjoy our cities and sample all the amenities of urban life, with a wide range of shopping, and restaurants to suit every taste. Visit farmers’ markets, fowl suppers, country fairs, farms and ranches and see why agriculture is a way of life in Saskatchewan. Relax in breathtaking outdoor splendour and tranquility. Discover the beauty of our land. See how it has shaped a unique people and culture. Experience the heart and soul of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan offers great value and is everything you want in a tour destination. It is safe and friendly with just the right combination of multi-generational attractions and activities that keep our groups coming back, again and again. Conveniently located in the heart of the Canada’s west, the province is an

It’s a place of heart and soul – not to be missed!

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saskatchewan Experience Saskatchewan. When you visit our province, engage all of your senses through uniquely Saskatchewan attractions, events and destinations that provide rich and lasting memories, and new insights into our way of life and heritage. There are many opportunities for groups to actively participate with authentic hands-on activities, make cultural connections, and expand personal horizons. Here is a sampling of a few of our uniquely Saskatchewan experiences. RCMP Heritage Centre

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Canadian Western Agribition

Regina is home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the sole training academy, known as Depot Division. The new RCMP Heritage Centre, which opened in 2007, is one of the most significant and anticipated heritage projects in Canada and tells the story of Canada’s national police force through fascinating exhibits, displays of prized artifacts and a high-tech multimedia theatre. Weekdays, take in the Sergeant Major’s Parade, in front of the RCMP Chapel and go on a Heritage Precinct tour of depot. Attend the popular RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies during July and August on Tuesday evenings. This is a colourful 45 minute ceremony that includes a troop drill display, lowering of the flag followed by the March Past. www.rcmphc.com

Moose Jaw is known far and wide as “The Friendly City” and is regarded as one of North America’s most unique destinations. Soak in the naturally relaxing geothermal mineral water pool at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort Hotel. Experience history first-hand on a guided tour of the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Explore shopping and dining in the city’s historic downtown, decorated with more than 40 colourful murals. Try your luck at the 1920’s themed Casino Moose Jaw. www.moosejaw.org

At Canada’s premier agricultural show and marketplace get up close and personal with over 4,000 head of livestock. Thrill to the Canadian Cowboys’ Association Finals Rodeo, the ever popular Stock Dog Competition and International Horse Pull competition. Learn about the latest in agri-business and technology products, or wander the more than 450 exhibits featuring Western arts and crafts, home and lifestyle products, food and tasting opportunities. www.agribition.com

Dakota Dunes Casino

Saskatchewan International Tattoo & Festival

Try your hand at lady luck at Saskatchewan’s newest casino located 20 minutes south of Saskatoon on the Whitecap First Nation. This is an impressive facility with over 800,000 sq ft including the gaming floor, restaurant, multipurpose room, 625 slot machines, 16 gaming tables, plus a 700-person show lounge. Situated on a hill-top above the South Saskatchewan River, and adjacent to the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. www.siga.sk.ca

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Regina’s newest annual event, the International Tattoo & Festival, which debuted in May, 2007. The Tattoo is a spectacular production of entertainment, with military music, massed bands, competitions and display by military, police and civilian performers. www.sasktattoo.com

Wanuskewin Heritage Park Taste fresh bannock. Make a dream-catcher. Hike a trail scented with aromatic prairie sage and discover traces of early First Nations culture -- a medicine wheel, tipi rings and buffalo pound. Learn about 6,000 years of First Nations culture through an internationally-renowned interpretive centre, traditional and interactive displays, dance performances and traditional activities. Wanuskewin’s bison herd returns to the park. www.wanuskewin.com

welcome to saskatchewan

Uniquely Saskatchewan

Craven Country Jamboree, Live country for four days and be part of the longest running multi-day music festival in Canada. Drawing fans from around the world, the annual Jamboree features country music’s biggest stars, selling out for the first time last year. www.cravencountryjamboree.com www.grouptravelplanner.net

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Nicolle Flats, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, Tourism Saskatchewan, Douglas E. Walker

Area

Highest Elevation

Origin of Province Name

651,900 square kilometers

Cypress Hills 1,392 m (4,566 ft) above sea level

Area Code

Largest City

From the Plains Indian word, “kisiskatchewan”, meaning "the river that flows swiftly"; a reference to the area's major river

306 — This area code must be dialed for long distance calls into or within Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon

Major Industries Capital City

Agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, forestry

Regina

Population Cities and Towns There are 13 cities in Saskatchewan, and over 200 towns

Climate Saskatchewan experiences a wide variety of climate conditions throughout the year. The summers are warm across the province, with southern Saskatchewan generally hot and dry. There is plenty of sunshine year-round, contrasted by rainfall in the range of 12-17 inches. Snow and wind are very common during the winter, sometimes with snowfall in the spring and fall. Average temperatures throughout the year range from 10°C (50°F) to 35°C (95°F) in the summer, and -20°C (-4°F) to -5°C (23°F) in the winter.

Emergencies In the event of an emergency, dial 911 for immediate police, fire, and medical assistance.

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Famous People Saskatchewan is the birthplace of many wellrecognized names in the worlds of sports, science, politics, the arts and general celebrity. Among the long list are: Glenn Hall, NHL record holder – Humboldt Keith Morrison, broadcast journalist – Lloydminster Colin James, singer/songwriter – Regina

National & Provincial Parks

Leslie Nielsen, actor – Regina

2 National Parks; 34 Provincial Parks

Gordie Howe, NHL record holder – Floral Allan Fotheringham, journalist – Hearne

Tax Information

Dr. David Williams, doctor/astronaut – Saskatoon

The Provincial Sales Tax is a 5% sales tax, which applies to the purchase, importation, or rental of certain goods and services.

Art Linkletter, radio & television star – Moose Jaw Dick Irvin Jr., sports broadcaster – Regina Tom Jackson, actor – One Arrow Reserve

Time Zone

Pamela Wallin, broadcast journalist – Wadena

Central Standard Time (CST)

Buffy Sainte-Marie, singer/songwriter – Piapot Reserve

Historic Dates 1905 - Became a province with Regina as capital 1969 - Official provincial flag adopted

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any other province in Canada - 250,000 km. • Saskatchewan produces over 54% of the wheat grown in Canada. • Regina, Saskatchewan is home to Canada’s only training academy for Royal Canadian Mounted Police recruits. • Estevan, Saskatchewan is Canada’s sunshine capital, averaging more than 2,500 sunshine-filled hours each year. • Saskatchewan is the site of North America’s oldest bird sanctuary, established in1887 at Lake Mountain Lake. • Curling was named Saskatchewan’s official sport in 2001, due to its rich history in the province. The Richardson brothers of Regina won four Canadian and World men’s championships between 19591963. The Schmirler team, also of Regina, won three Canadian and World women’s championships in the 1990s, followed by an Olympic gold medal in 1998, the first ever women’s Olympic gold in curling.

Provincial Icons and Emblems Bird

Sharp-tailed grouse

Flower

Western red lily

Mineral

Sylvite (Potash)

Tree

White birch

Grass

Needle-and-thread grass

Sport

Curling

Planning and Promotional Tools • Tourism literature including: Vacation Guide, Accommodation Guide, Fishing & Hunting Guide, Events, Golf Tour Guide, Itineraries and road maps.

• Collateral including bookmarks, post cards, magnets, and posters for display.

• Image gallery CD Rom • Customized itineraries • Consultation Services • Familiarization/Educational Tour Program: for tour operators and itinerary planners

Visitor Reception Centres There are five Visitor Receptions Centres in Saskatchewan, offering travelers tourism information, picnic areas, washrooms, souvenirs and snacks. They are open from mid-May to midSeptember, and are conveniently located on major travel routes. TransCanada (Highway 1) Fleming, near Manitoba border Maple Creek, near Alberta border TransCanada Yellowhead (Highway 16) Lloydminster, at Alberta border

Highway 39 North Portal, at the U.S. border crossing Tourism information is also available throughout the province at more than 120 local tourism information centres. For more information contact the Tourism Saskatchewan at 1-877-2-ESCAPE or visit www.sasktourism.com.

for more information

Robertson’s Trading Post, La Ronge. Tourism Saskatchewan/ Douglas E. Walker

Helpful Contacts Saskatchewan Highways & Transportation Tel: 306-787-4800 www.highways.gov.sk.ca Saskatchewan Parks Tel: 306-953-3751 www.se.gov.sk.ca/saskparks Saskatchewan Golf Association Tel: 306-975-0850 www.saskgolf.ca

Professional Spectator Sports Saskatchewan Roughriders 2007 Grey Cup Champions Tel: 306-525-2181 / 1-888-4-RIDERS www.saskriders.com

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By Land

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TransCanada Highway (Highway 1) is the major east-west highway across Saskatchewan. The first railway followed this route in the 1880s, so did thousands of homesteaders. This major route starts at Fleming near the Manitoba border, continues through Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, and crosses Maple Creek before continuing into Alberta.

The Louis Riel Trail (Highway 11) is a regular commute for many residents and travelers alike. This two lane divided highway runs from Regina to Prince Albert, through Saskatoon, and provides convenient and efficient access to these major cities. It also connects major sites of the 1885 North West Resistance led by Louis Riel.

TransCanada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) is the other major east-west highway across the province. It starts at Langenburg near the Manitoba border and cuts a northwesterly diagonal through Yorkton, Wynyard, Saskatoon and North Battleford, crossing finally through Lloydminster on the Alberta border.

Regina-Yorkton (Highway 10) routing gives travelers a glimpse of the cultural diversity at the heart of the province. Travelling through Qu’Appelle Valley, Fort Qu’Appelle and Melville in a northeasterly direction toward Yorkton and the Manitoba border.

CanAm Highway (Highways 35, 33, 6, 3, 2) is a dramatic international north-south highway starting at Port of Oungre on the U.S. border, and winding north through Regina, Watson, Prince Albert, terminating at LaRonge in boreal forest and lake country. The Red Coat Trail (Highway 13) is named for the route taken in 1874 by the North West Mounted Police, forerunners of today’s Mounties, when they came west to quell the whiskey-trade. It starts in Carlyle near the Manitoba border and travels west (parallel to the TransCanada) through Stoughton, Lafleche, and Shaunavon to the Alberta border. The Saskota Travel Route (Highway 9) provides easy-going north-south travel through the eastern region, connecting Saskatchewan and North Dakota in a historic timeline. This recreational route travels from Oxbow at the U.S. border through Whitewood, Yorkton, Canora and Hudson Bay on the way to the Manitoba border.

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Swift Current-Meadow Lake (Highway 4) routing gives travelers an alternate north-south route through western Saskatchewan. It begins in Swift Current and travels through Kyle, Rosetown, Biggar, North Battleford and into Meadlow Lake. It also provides easy access to Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Saskatoon-Alberta Border (Highway 7) takes you from the green parks and bustling streets of Saskatoon conveniently to the Alberta, traveling through the streets of Rosetown and into Kindersley, home of international baseball tournaments. The Northern Woods & Water Route (Highway 55) travels east-west through the central region of the province, between southern prairie and northern forest. It winds through “fur trade country”, parkland, lakes, rivers and other beautiful scenery, passing through Nipawin, Prince Albert, Big River and Meadow Lake en route to the Alberta border. Saskatchewan Road Trips www.sasktourism.com

Rugged Pioneer History Explore Canada’s rugged pioneer history in Saskatchewan. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police training centre located in Regina offers group tours and the colorful display of the daily Sergeant-Major’s Parade. Fort Walsh National Historic site provides a glimpse into life in the early days of the police force, attempting to bring law and order to the vast expanses of the Canadian Northwest in the 1870s and 1880s. The Métis settlement on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, where Louis Riel made his last stand in 1885 at the Battle of Batoche, lets you imagine the early days of life in Northwestern Canada.


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By Rail

International airports in Saskatoon and Regina provide direct and connecting flights to destinations around the world. Several airlines also provide scheduled and chartered service to smaller airports and other points in the province, including fishing and hunting destinations in Saskatchewan’s north.

Via Rail - Saskatchewan is served by Canada’s national passenger train service, Via Rail, through its Canadian service. The Canadian travels between Toronto and Vancouver, crossing through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and into British Columbia. Major stops on the route include Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton. Tel: 1-888-VIA-RAIL www.viarail.ca

Regina International Airport Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, NorthWest, WestJet, Transwest Air, Skyservice, Westwind Aviation, Express Air, Air Transat Tel: 306-761-7555 www.yqr.ca Saskatoon International Airport Airlines: Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Air Transat, NorthWest, Westwind Aviation, WestJet, Skyservice, Express Air, Pronto Tel: 306-975-8900 www.yxe.ca

By Internet Tourism Saskatchewan www.sasktourism.com

Other Helpful Information Motorcoach Travel - If a motorcoach is traveling through Saskatchewan, it must pick up an authority permit. Top-off may be allowed. Contact Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) permit office for more information (see below). Costs and Coverage • The cost of the permit is $15.00, and covers insurance for third party liability for $200,000. • Carriers are recommended to be registered under IFTA to avoid fuel tax fees. • There is also an additional fee if the coach has an overweight axle.

How to Obtain a Permit Call the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) from the Saskatchewan border, or a couple of days before arrival. When calling to obtain a permit, you will need to have the following information ready: - Registration information - Number of passengers on board - Route to be traveled in the province - Mailing address

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Saskatchewan Government Insurance 2260-11th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 2N6 Tel: 306-775-6969; 1-800-667-7575 (in SK) www.sgi.sk.ca Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Canada Customs For answers to all customs inquiries, please call the information line: 1-800-461-9999 in Canada or 204-983-3500 outside Canada. Canada Border Services Agency Ottawa, ON K1A 1J5 Or visit the website at: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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The following are a sample of the different Festivals & Events taking place all over Saskatchewan during 2010. For complete event details, dates and contact information, and a complete list of events for the province, go online to www.sasktourism.com. In 2010 Saskatchewan plays host to two major national events: the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling (Feb. 16 – 24, Regina); and the Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival (Oct. 2 – 4, Regina)

January 1 - December 31 RCMP Sergeant Major’s Parade Regina A demonstration of inspection of the troops, followed by a march through the Parade Square or the Drill Hall. Held year-round, Monday to Friday at 12:50, except on statutory holidays. Tel: 306-780-5900

May 30 – 31 Saskatchewan International Tattoo & Festival Regina A spectacular production of entertainment, highlighted by ceremonial performances of military music, massed bands, competitions and displays by military and civilian performers. Tel: 306-751-8772

June 5 - 7 Mosaic 2008: A Festival of Cultures Regina Mosaic showcases Regina’s diverse multicultural communities through food, music and dance. Tel: 306-757-5990

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Bazaart Regina Saskatchewan’s finest outdoor arts and crafts show and sale, featuring over 100 artists and craftspeople. Enjoy entertainment, food, pottery, stained glass, paintings, wood work, and much more. Tel: 306-584-4250

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Saskatoon Over 15,000 people flock to this award-winning annual event, now celebrating its 24thrd season. 8 . Tel: 306-653-2300

June –18 - 20 Western Canada Farm Progress Show Regina Canada's national farm show with over 700 exhibitors in dry land farming technology. Value of machinery and related products exceeds $100 million. More than 40,000 people attend annually from as many as 30 different countries. Tel: 306-781-9200

June 20 - 29 SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Various locations Ten days of jazz music and music influenced by jazz including blues, world, big band, soul, and groove. Saskatoon, Regina, North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Moose Jaw. Tel: 306-652-1421; 306-653-8350

July 1 - August 19 RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies Regina Colourful 45 minute ceremony centered on the lowering of the Canadian Flag. Features RCMP Cadet Band and Cadet Troops in traditional scarlet tunics, and uniformed members on horseback. July 1, then every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tel: 306-780-5900

July 11 - 13 Wood Mountain Stampede Wood Mountain (South West) The 118th annual Wood Mountain Stampede is the oldest continuous rodeo in Canada. CCA sanctioned, with standard events, including team roping, horse competition / sale, dance and beer gardens. Tel: 306-266-2069

July 12 - 13 Pion-Era Saskatoon Tap your toes to old-time fiddlers, join the sing-along in the church and enjoy square and round dancers. Pioneer activities include ice-cream making, butter churning, spool knitting, rug hooking and more. Tel: 306-931-1910

July 10 - 13 Craven Country Jamboree Craven 20,000 fans enjoy the biggest stars in country music in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley at Canada’s longest running festival. Tel: 866-388-0007; 306-757-0007

July 11 - 13 Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival Battleford (West Central) This annual Saskatchewan Craft Council’s festival features over 70 artists, with demonstrations, food tent and raffle draws. Tel: 306-653-3616


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November 14 - 16

Taste of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Wonderful outdoor dining along Saskatoon’s riverbank, featuring over 28 of Saskatchewan’s finest restaurants. Chinese, Greek, Italian, Indian, Cajun and much more, plus continuous live music. Tel: 306-975-3155

Buffalo Days - Provincial Exhibition Regina The biggest summer fair in the province, featuring something for all ages. Free stages, food, midway, exhibits, parade, Equifest, and more. Tel: 306-781-9200

Wintergreen Regina Saskatchewan Craft Council’s annual Christmas craft market featuring the finest handcrafted gifts including clay, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry and metal. Tel: 306-653-3616

August 5 - 10 July 16 - August 1 Trial of Louis Riel Regina Now in its 42nd season. The dialogue for this re-enactment has been drawn from the actual transcripts of Riel’s trial after leading the Metis people in the North West resistance of 1885. Tel: 306-728-3617

The Saskatoon Ex Saskatoon Northern Saskatchewan’s largest single event, held annually since 1886. Enjoy rock, country, hypnotists or comedy. Arts, crafts, midway, concessions, photography, casino, and more. Tel: 306-931-7149

November – 24 – 29 Canadian Western Agribition Canada's premiere agriculture show and marketplace. Highlights include purebred beef cattle shows/sales, CCA Finals Rodeo, light/draft horse events, grain/forage events, agri-trade/technology, western craft trade show, stock dog trials, Agri-Ed showcase, daily entertainment. Tel: 306-565-0565

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August 24 July 17 - 20 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Moose Jaw (South West) A festival of imaginative language use featuring storytellers, novelists, filmmakers, songwriters and more from all over Canada. Tel: 306-691-0557

Mozart in the Meadow Regina A full orchestral concert performed by the Regina Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Victor Sawa. Pre-concert entertainment, and a fireworks conclusion. Tel: 306-586-9555

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August 31 - September 1

Shorebirds & Friends Festival Wadena (East Central) Celebrate the return of over 250,000 shorebirds, with guided bird watching and tours of wildlife habitat and onsite displays. Tel: 306-338-3677

SaskPower Regina Dragon Boat Festival

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December 5 - 7 Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire Saskatoon Largest event of its kind in Western Canada, featuring juried market, specialty food, artists and artisans, crafts, entertainment and more. Tel: 306-384-7364

Regina Held on Labour Day weekend in Wascana Park, this fast-growing festival draws over 20,000 spectators each year. Over 120 teams with more than 3,000 paddlers put on top-notch sporting entertainment. Tel: 306-721-9667/306-525-2628

4th Annual Outlaw Days Festival Coronach (South West) See a play based on outlaw history and experience the music, dance and pastimes of our First Nations, Metis, Francophone, outlaw and pioneer people. Tel: 306-267-3312

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Meadow Lake - B6

Near the Alberta border, Meadow Lake is an interesting community for your group to visit. Take part in a Meadow Lake Community Tour, featuring guided tours of Meadow Lake Museum and Groots Honey Farm. Tours are offered daily from May-September, and must be booked in advance. Minimum Time Required: 1/2 day Meadow Lake Provincial Park It’s no wonder Meadow Lake is one of the top natural parks in Canada - with more than 1,600 square kilometers of boreal forest and 25 crystal clear lakes. This year-round destination boasts everything from beaches, tennis, hiking, golf and fishing in the summer to skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. Be sure to make this cherished park part of your Saskatchewan itinerary.

Prince Albert National Park - D7

Just 90 km north of Prince Albert, your group can explore the breathtaking park that bears the same name. Almost one million acres of protected boreal forest and waterways are yours to explore, complimented by accommodations.

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Diefenbaker House An historical gem, this is the last residence of John Diefenbaker. Rooms are beautifully finished with personal belongings, and grounds are a delight for strolling complete with park benches. Guided tours of house are available. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Little Red River Park Wander through 1200 acres of forest while visiting Little Red River Park, a 5 minute drive from the city on Hwy 55. The park invites you to spend you time making use of the many bbq sites, stroll along the paved pathway, hike though the forest on the nature trail or play beach volleyball. During the winter months the park boasts the best cross-country skiing trails, snowshoeing and hiking as well as a cozy lodge open year round. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Art Gallery of Prince Albert This beautiful art gallery proudly displays contemporary Canadian art by regional and national artists. The exhibits change every six weeks. The gallery is open year-round and offers workshops and other programs to visitors. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Northern Lights Casino Test your luck at Northern Saskatchewan’s full service casino offering slot machines, Poker, Blackjack and other gaming favourites. There’s a restaurant and lounge on site featuring weekly entertainment, and the casino is conveniently located across a skywalk from the Prince Albert Inn. Kinsmen Water Park This water park opened in 1986 and continues to be the major aquatic park in Northern Saskatchewan. The park contains a large pool with depths ranging from 1.5-5 feet, a whirlpool, a tot pool, a junior slide, two giant slides and a river slide. The park opens daily at 1:00pm daily, weather permitting. Minimum time required 2 hours E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts For entertainment while in Prince Albert, be sure to check out what’s on at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts. Hosting a wide variety of theatre, dance, music and other performances, there’s something for every group! The facility also includes meeting rooms and meeting space to host special functions or events.

La Ronge - E4

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owners have been collecting, displaying and selling local aboriginal art and crafts since opening in 1967. Featuring such rarities as one of the last authentic birch bark canoes in existence; antler carvings beaded moccasins, jackets, and mittens as well as birch bark bitings and paintings. Many items are for sale, some are on for viewing – visitors and locals call Robertson’s the museum of the north! Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Our Place Bulk Foods This unique stop provides visitors the opportunity to view and purchase Saskatchewan-made products including birch bark bitings, moccasins, paintings, wood carvings, wild rice, and moose hair tuftings. Minimum Time Required: 30 minutes

Narrow Hills Provincial Park - F6

Just north of Smeaton, this 53,600-hectare natural environment is a dramatic blend of landscapes carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago. Open year-round for exploration, your group will enjoy fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking, dog sledding, and a multitude of other outdoor activities. It may be a nice idea to bring a packed lunch on your day here, to enjoy the area to its fullest. Minimum Time Required: 1/2 day

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Holy Trinity Anglican Church Provincial Historic Site Located in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park, this historic church was constructed between 1854 and 1860, and is the oldest building left standing in Saskatchewan. Built out of hardwood logs cut by the local Aboriginals and stained glass brought from England, this stunning historical gem is a must see while visiting Saskatchewan. Inquire locally about boat transportation to the site. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Creighton Museum & Tourism Centre Located on the Manitoba border, this central stop is the perfect place for the group to stretch their legs and take in some local history. The museum features photos and artifacts of the area’s gold rush history, housed in a replica of a Northwest Mounted Police Post. Travel information and tourism services available year-round. Minimum Time Required: 30 minutes Pre-Cambrian Wild Rice Plant Tours See where certified organic wild rice is grown in the lakes of northern Saskatchewan and enjoy a free tour of the processing plant. This unique tour attraction is open year-round and features a variety of rice products for sale. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Denare Beach - H5

Northern Gateway Museum A short drive southwest of Creighton is Denare Beach, a remote resort town on the shores of Amisk Lake. This small and quaint community is home to the Northern Gateway Museum featuring articles discovered by Henry Moody in 1953 at the Fort Henry site, as well as Indian crafts, artifacts, birch bark bitings by Angelique Merasty and much more. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park National Historic Site A must see on your Saskatoon itinerary is this fascinating historic site constructed just 5km north of the city. The site was visited by generations of First Nations people, and represents more than 6,000 years of Northern Plains Indian culture. Jump right into the history through the museum exhibits and interactive displays, including building a tipi and visiting a buffalo jump. This is one stop your group is sure to remember, leaving a lasting impression with all who visit. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours Berry Barn Eatery and Gift Shop One of the city’s most popular and unique tourist attractions is the Berry Barn Eatery and Gift Shop. Located on the banks of the Saskatchewan River, and surrounded by a 28-acre Saskatoon berry orchard, this delectable eatery features home-style cooked meals, berry pies and other mouthwatering items. The on-site gift shop has many wonderful souvenirs and Saskatchewan-made products to take with you. Private functions are available at the Berry Patch. Minimum Time Required: 30 minutes

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Western Development Museum – 1910 Boomtown The Saskatoon branch of the Western Development Museum preserves the history of Western Canada through a 1910 Boomtown, complete with old time shops and historic train station. This living history museum also features the new Winnipeg the Prarie Gamble, the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, café, banquet facilities, and a wonderful gift shop. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours The Diefenbaker Canada Centre Located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan, this is a wonderful place to discover Canada, its roots, and its achievements. The Centre is a dynamic cultural, educational and historical attraction that combines a museum, archive, research centre and gift shop. Curriculumbased education programs for schools. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Saskatchewan Railway Museum The history of rail in Saskatchewan is a long and interesting one, providing insight into the early days of settlement and industrialization. That history is brought to life here with displays covering six acres, including two diesel engines, two streetcars, restored railway buildings and other historic artifacts. Enjoy the interpretive centre, gift shop, available motor car rides also on site. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Ukrainian Museum of Canada Established in 1936 in Saskatoon, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada is the first of its kind in the country, and serves as a center dedicated to the preservation of Ukrainian heritage in Canada. Displays on Ukrainian culture include decorative textiles, immigration history, Ukrainian Easter egg workshops, handcrafts and much more. The gift shop provides a wonderful opportunity to take home a Ukrainian egg, craft, cookbook or other special souvenir. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Saskatoon Symphony A wonderful way to take in the city’s culture is a live performance by the Saskatoon Symphony. With venues including the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, Broadway Theatre and Adam Ballroom, there is enough variety to suit any tour group. And with a 24-concert season running year-round, the time is always right! The season includes such favorites as the Master Series, Classics for Kids and the Turn of the Century Series. Saskatoon Zoo & Forestry Farm Park Always a favorite with groups, zoos are a fabulous addition to almost any itinerary. And the Saskatoon Zoo & Forestry Farm Park are no exception! Housing over 350 animal and bird species native to North America, and some exotic species, you’ll be amazed at what you see during your tour. Also


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enjoy the train rides, children’s zoo, zoological programs, concessions and gift shop. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Mendel Art Gallery & Civic Conservatory This renowned art gallery on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River features a permanent art collection and changing exhibitions of international, national and regional artwork. Also on site are the beautiful Civic Conservatory, a tea lounge, and gift shop featuring crafts, books, art, pottery, and many other mementos. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

opportunities for the public to enjoy this beautiful and vibrant river valley. Visitors can enjoy many conservation areas and nature-focused venues including cranberry flats, historic buildings, and 40 kilometers of riverbank trails. Meewasin Valley Centre & Gift Shop When visiting Saskatoon, this is the place to start. Entertaining, informative, hands-on exhibits about Saskatoon’s history and the South Saskatchewan River. A souvenir from the gift shop will complete your visit. Special interpretive programs are offered Sunday at 2pm. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Shearwater Boat Cruises A wonderful way to see the city of Saskatoon is from the landmark South Saskatchewan River, and Shearwater Boat Cruises is just the thing to make that happen! The hour-long boat tours depart from the Mendel Dock on board the Saskatoon Princess. Highlights include a heated cabin, licensed bar and more. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Meewasin Valley “Meewasin” is the Cree word for beautiful, and the Meewasin Valley area of Saskatoon is just that. Dedicated to the protection of natural and cultural heritage resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley in Saskatoon, the Meewasin Valley Authority conservation organization creates www.grouptravelplanner.net

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Lloydminster - I4

This border town is truly unique, with the AlbertaSaskatchewan border running right through the town’s center, giving Lloydminster the distinction of being Canada’s only border city! In fact, its main street is on the longest straight surveyed lines in North America - the 4th meridian. Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre A visual and educational mecca, this Centre features an Imhoff Art Collection, the Fuchs Wildlife Display, Richard Larsen Antique Museum, four galleries, and the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre. Open year-round Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Bud Miller All Seasons Park There’s plenty for groups to do at this fabulous 200-acre park with formal gardens, hiking trails, miniature golf, and an outdoor amphitheatre. There’s also an outdoor picnic shelter, two group picnic areas, and firewood is provided! The Lloydminster Leisure Centre is located wthin the park and offers a wheelchair accessible wave pool, a 150’ waterslide, a 6 lane 25-meter pool, sauna & steam rooms, and a fitness room. Common Wealth Centre A multiplex recreation facility with two NHL size hockey arenas, a leisure ice surface, two field houses, a walking track, and exercise equipment, all available for your group!

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Fort Pitt Historical Park Located on the north bank of the North Saskatchewan River, Fort Pitt was a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade post, established in 1829 to act as a halfway-point between Fort Carlton and Fort Edmonton. Today the park displays interpretive panels on the fur trade and the effect of the North West Rebellion on Fort Pitt and its residents. There are picnic tables, toilets and canoe access to the river. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

St. Walburg - B1

St. Walburg & District Historical Museum This historical gem features over 2,000 artifacts from St. Walburg and district up to 1945, including early 1900 magazines, Count Imhoff’s paintings, doctor’s office, barber shop, antique clothing and furniture and a photo studio. Minimum Time Required: 30 minutes Imhoff Museum & Art Gallery Count Berthold John Von Imhoff was a well-known religious artist, decorator and frescoer through the turn of the century in the U.S. and Western Canada. He had completed the décor of over 100 churches before his death in 1939, and received the knighthood of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius XI in 1937. Today his studio is a museum showcasing over 200 paintings that had been in storage for more than 75 years. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

The Battlefords - C4

This year-round vacation destination, comprised of the city of North Battleford and the neighbouring town of Battleford, is centrally located between Saskatoon and Lloydminster. The communities are linked across the North Saskatchewan River by the province’s longest bridge. Allen Sapp Gallery/The Gonor Collection Renowned Cree artist Allen Sapp provides a powerful insight to the Northern Plains Cree through powerful and sensitive paintings. This award-winning gallery in North Battleford is open year-round with changing and permanent exhibitions. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Western Development Museum - Heritage Farm & Village The North Battleford branch of the Western Development Museum portrays the pioneer life through its 1920s Heritage Farm & Village. Trace the agricultural history of the region from its 10,000 farmers in 1900 to 250,000 farmsteads in 1914. Exhibits include extensive agricultural equipment dating back almost 100 years, period farming, 7live animals, and much more. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Fred Light Museum & Tourist Centre A delightful stop for the history or military buff. Collections include turn of the century items, military uniforms from the 1800s and the two World Wars, and an outstanding display of firearms. Also a great stop for tourist information. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour


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The Chapel Gallery This year-round art gallery features permanent and changing exhibits highlighting local, regional and provincial works. The view overlooking the North Saskatchewan River is one of the best in town, an added bonus to your visit. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Fort Battleford National Historic Site of Canada Established in 1876 and abandoned in 1924, this was the original post of the Northwest Mounted Police. Guides in period costume lead your group through the interpretive displays and five buildings (four with period furniture). Historic weapons demonstrations, video presentations, and more provide a look into this important piece of Canadian history. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Gold Eagle Casino Feeling lucky? The Gold Eagle Casino offers group all of the traditional gaming favourites, from Blackjack to roulette! The site also features a banquet/conference room, family restaurant and a non-smoking slot area. Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Located in the centre of Battleford is the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. The Museum has an interesting collection of baseball

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memorabilia, including artifacts, photos and papers, donated by Saskatchewan baseball fans and players. The Hall of Fame holds an induction event every year and over 200 individuals and teams have been honoured.

Rosthern - F4

Seager Wheeler Farm National Historic Site Maple Grove Farm was the home of Dr. Seager Wheeler, renowned for five World Wheat Championships. On site are the original buildings and grounds, English flower gardens, orchards, gift shop and tearoom. The farm welcomes special bookings for groups, including evening bbq’s. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre - F4

Permanent and traveling exhibits highlight the region’s history including the every day life of the Pioneers and the 1885 Metis Resistance. Also on site are an 80’ viewing tower, ball diamonds, theatre, picnic areas parking. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Batoche National Historic Site - F4

The village of Batoche was built on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, and was the last battlefield in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.

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Louis Riel used Batoche as the headquarters of his “Provisional Government of Saskatchewan”. The well-preserved and restored site depicts lifestyles of the Batoche Métis in the mid to late 1800s. Groups can enjoy an award-winning multi-media show in the Visitor Reception Centre. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Manitou Beach - D7

Danceland Built in 1928, Danceland is famous for its dance floor built on horsehair. This year-round destination invites groups to see their breathtaking architecture and 5,000 square foot dance floor. Dance Friday and Saturday nights in the summer. Also on site are a licensed restaurant, non-smoking facility and entertainment for special events (on request). Manitou Springs Resort & Mineral Spa Relax in luxury in this world-class resort & spa facility overlooking Lake Manitou. The Europeanstyle mineral spa is legendary for its natural buoyancy, curative power, and a mineral content high in sodium, magnesium and potassium. Other features include fitness centre, indoor shops, dining and lounge options, convention facilities and beautiful accommodations.

Humboldt - D5

This centrally located city is rich in German heritage and it’s easy to see through its festivals, architecture and folk art. The downtown area celebrates the city’s history through a collection of wall murals and a bronze bust of Alexander von Humboldt, the city’s namesake. You can learn about the city’s fascinating history at the Willkommen Centre downtown.

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Melfort - D3

Melfort is the city of lights for the splendour of Aurora Borealis in the night skies for much of the year. Melfort & District Museum Explore Melfort history through artifacts and buildings dating back to the area’s early days. Tour the one room country school, log house, barber shop, post office, doctor’s office, church and large agricultural display, to name a few. Also features archives for family history research. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Wynyard - E6

Quill Lakes Interpretive Centre Located in the heart of the Quill Lakes, the staff at this interesting stop are pleased to offer information on viewing sites, history and folklore of the area. The Interpretive Centre offers a worldrenowned bird watching area, craft shop, ecotour referral service and tourism information. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Wadena - F6

Wadena Wildlife Wetlands Over 800,000 shorebirds and waterfowl arrive here each year, including a breeding colony of white pelicans and Canada’s largest population of the endangered piping plover. The area was designated an international shorebird reserve in 1994. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Wadena & District Museum / Nature Centre Step back in time at this museum featuring a 1914 Brice farmstead including residence, refurbished 1904 CN station, 1907 rural school and many other historic displays. The Nature Centre includes interactive displays of endangered species and other wildlife in the Quill Lakes area.

Foam Lake Heritage Marsh - F7

This natural delight offers 4,000 acres of wetlands, perfect for waterfowl viewing. Established in 1985, the Marsh is surrounded by extensive uplands and features auto and foot trails, interpretive signs, viewing towers and picnic areas. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Melville - G8

Saskatchewan’s smallest city is named after Charles Melville Hays, president of the Grand Trunk Railway, who sadly perished in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Be sure to take in the Melville Heritage Museum and the Melville Railway Museum. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours


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Hudson Bay - H3

Al Mazur Memorial Heritage Park This theme park is a re-creation of Hudson Bay circa 1909. Features include a general store, two churches, pioneer homestead, barn and clay oven. View an antique tractor collection dating back to 1927, and a collection of over 1500 cups and saucers in the park’s teahouse. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours The Rendek Elm Forest This forest sanctuary is a welcome retreat for visitors featuring a self-guided nature trail with massive elms over a century old. View a beautiful variety of wildflowers rare plants, rushing water, and cool misty air in this relaxing nature venue. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Gallagher Centre The Gallagher Centre, including an arena, convention centre and surrounding grounds, are home to many events throughout the year. One of these events is the Yorkton Exhibition Association's annual Summer Fair. Held annually for more than a century, this four-day extravaganza of agricultural events, entertainment, midway and commercial displays is a genuine group-friendly gem.

Canora - H7

Ukrainian Welcome Statue & Tourist Information Centre In this region evidence of Ukrainian culture is everywhere, and the most visible of this is the enormous Ukrainian welcome statue here in Canora. Standing at 7.6 metres, the statue of “Lesia” dressed in Ukrainian costume represents the traditional welcome. There’s a rest area with shelter and picnic tables, as well as a tourist booth with information, souvenirs, Ukrainian Easter eggs, and more. Guided bus tours require two weeks notice. Minimum Time Required: 45 minutes

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Yorkton - H8

The region’s major retail and distribution centre is here in Yorkton, where there’s plenty for your group to see and do. The city enjoys a rich cultural heritage and ethnic diversity, made evident in its architecture, dining and museums. In Yorkton you’ll find the only visitor information centre open year-round between Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

Western Development Museum Story of People The Yorkton branch of the Western Development Museum re-creates the times and styles of western Canadian immigrant throught its “Story of People” theme. More than fifty cultural backgrounds have come together here from around the world, and this museum depicts the cultural roots of these new peoples through displays, historic artifacts and more. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Painted Hand Casino This full service casino offers more than 200 gaming machines, free live entertainment, daily promotions, restaurant and lounge. Open yearround for your gaming and entertainment pleasure.

Churchbridge - H8

This convenient stop near the Manitoba border features a lovely display of historic outdoor murals, depicting early pioneer days in Saskatchewan, with new murals being added each year. While in town, do some antique shopping and be sure to take a photo op at the giant version of Canada’s 125th anniversary commemorative coin.

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Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - A7

Rising 1392 metres above sea level, the Cypress Hills have the highest elevation in Saskatchewan. They are also the highest point of land between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains. This 18,400hectare natural environment park is located 27km south of Maple Creek, and features forest and grasslands, outdoor recreations, visitor attractions, year-round accommodations, the Conglomerate Cliffs, Trans-Canada Trail and Fort Walsh. This is the first interprovincial park in Canada, formed with its counterpart in Alberta. Fort Walsh National Historic Site Located 55km southwest of Maple Creek, Fort Walsh is a former Northwest Mounted Police / RCMP post (circa 1878-83) and was later used to breed horses for the Musical Ride. View reconstructions of original 1875-83 building structures, take a guided tour, and enjoy the local history at this beautiful site. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Eastend - B7

T.rex Discovery Centre South West Saskatchewan drew international attention when a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton - one of the most complete ever found in the world - was discovered near Eastend. This Discovery Centre

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showcases the find, nicknamed Scotty, and gives groups a rare opportunity to view fossils and learn about the T.rex. Features include a dinosaur and pre-historic mammal gallery, 98-seat theatre, interpretive area and palaeontological laboratory. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Swift Current - D5

A perfect stop for those who want to enjoy the whole region, Swift Current is centrally located in South West Saskatchewan. The city is widely recognized for art, culture, recreation and history, and attractions abound for your group. Doc’s Town Take a step back in time at the Pioneer Heritage Display, a stunning replica of a prairie village from the early 1900s. Buildings include a church, school, blacksmith shop, medical and dental offices, general store, law offices and more.There is a tea room and gift shop on site as well. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Art Gallery of Swift Current This public art gallery features exhibitions of contemporary and historic works by some of the best artists in the province and the country. Also enjoy Windoworks, a walk through downtown Swift Current where visitors can view an exhibition of art and heritage in the site-specific paintings, sculptures, installation artworks and dioramas. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Grasslands National Park of Canada - E8

See the Prairie Grasslands natural region of Canada well preserved in this national park covering almost 500 square kilometers. Features include a self-guided driving tour, interpretive programs, cultural landscapes and more. Fees apply to some programs.

Wood Mountain - E8

Wood Mountain Post Provincial Historic Park Explore the relationship between the Northwest Mounted Police and the Sioux Indians at this interesting historic site. Reconstructed buildings and displays share stories of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull and his efforts to maintain peace with the police settled in the area. Interpretive and school programs available. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Wood Mountain Rodeo Ranch Museum Wood Mountain is the site of the longest continually running rodeo in Canada, held in July each year. This museum depicts this rodeo and ranch history through changing displays, models of ranch scenes, saddle making, bunkhouses, photos, tools, and much more. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour


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St. Victor Petroglyphs Provincial Historic Park - G8

The St. Victor Petroglyphs are one of Saskatchewan’s great mysteries, as no one knows who carved them, or when or why they were carved. Today visitors can view these petroglyphs of human figures, faces, animals and tracks carved on a cliff-top rock hundreds of years ago. Interpretive panels and picnic area are on site, and group tours are available during the summer. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Moose Jaw - G5

Known as the “Friendly City”, this central gateway to Saskatchewan’s prairie region is charming and cultural, and boasts a colorful history tied into a vibrant modern landscape. The name is remembered across the continent, but the city will stay in your heart forever. Tunnels of Moose Jaw This Attractions Canada Award winner is a must see. Two interactive live theatre presentations bring back the bootlegging days of Al Capone and the hardships encountered by immigrant Chinese railway workers. Guided tours available year-round. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Western Development Museum - History of Transportation The Moose Jaw branch of the Western Development

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Museum traces history relating to aviation, railways, surface and water travel on the prairies. Collections include a Snowbird Gallery and Short Line Railway, as well as automobiles, rail, and vintage aircraft. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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Moose Jaw Trolley Company Hop aboard and enjoy a fascinating tour of Moose Jaw‚s vibrant past. This replica of the original streetcars operated from 1911-1932, will guide your group through Moose Jaw‚s unique architecture, historic sites, and famous murals. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Temple Gardens offers the perfect opportunity to unwind at the end of an exciting day. This four-anda-half star spa and resort hotel features a complete range of spa treatments and a unique indoor/outdoor geothermal, mineral spa pool. Whether staying at the resort, or taking in the spa, this is a great stop for groups. Casino Moose Jaw Conveniently located across from the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa, Casino Moose Jaw features over 200 slot machines, and all the favourite table games. Roll the dice, spin the wheel or line Œem up, your group is guaranteed a good time.

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Big Muddy Badlands Once controlled by a gang of about 30 men who were known as the “Outlaws of the Big Muddy”, this ruggedly beautiful area is steeped in history. Tour the outlaw caves where cattle thieves used to hide out, part of the famous “Outlaw Trail”. Take in Castle Butte, view the only known Indian buffalo effigy in Canada, and explore the outlaw history of the region.

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Regina

RCMP Heritage Regina is home to the sole training academy in the country for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Visit the new RCMP Heritage Centre, which tells the history of the RCMP through interactive displays and multimedia presentations. The historic RCMP Chapel is also on site. Watch the cadets practicing drills in the Sergeant Major’s Parade held at 12:45 Monday – Friday, year-round. If visiting during the summer months, the RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies are a delight to see. The 30minute ceremony centered around the lowering of the Canadian Flag features cadet troops wearing the traditional scarlet tunic of the RCMP. Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame & Museum The headquarters for sport history in Saskatchewan is here at the Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Displays include portraits and citations of inductees, sports memorabilia and artifacts. Tour through the interesting collections and test your knowledge of local and provincial sports trivia! Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club For a true sense of Regina’s community and sports spirit, be sure to take in a Roughriders game at Taylor Field. Quite possibly the most-loved football

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team in Canada, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are the pride of the city, and “the Heart of a Nation”. This Canadian Football League team has taken home the Grey Cup in 1966 and 1989. Tours of the stadium are available on request, and fans can take home an authentic Roughriders souvenir from the on-site shop. Regina Symphony Orchestra To add a little culture to your tour, why not enjoy a performance by the Regina Symphony Orchestra? It is the longest, continuously performing orchestra in Canada, and boasts a series that includes Masterworks, Pops, and Culinary World Tour. The Orchestra plays at various venues in Regina year-round. Casino Regina This world-class entertainment and gaming facility is sure to be a hit with your group! Test your luck at the wide variety of slots, poker, gaming tables and much more. Enjoy live entertainment of some top-name performers at the Show Lounge, and dine in one of three unique and sumptuous dining venues on site. Everything you need, all under one roof! Government House Heritage Property This former residence of the Lieutenant Governor is restored back to its 1891 glory, and offers much for your group to see. The J.E.N. Wiebe interpretive Centre houses interactive exhibits and displays.

Also take time in the Sylvia Fedoruk Conservatory and Coquettes gift shop. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Regina Performing Arts Centre / Theatre Regina A fabulous venue to take in some live entertainment, this theatre is a major facility for the performing and visual arts in the city. Home of Regina Little Theatre, Regina Summer Stage, The Street Culture Kidz Project, and Theatre Saskatchewan, there is something for all groups available yearround. Regina Floral Conservatory Enjoy the many seasons and visually stunning surroundings at this lush tropical conservatory. It’s a grand setting for inspiring floral displays that change with the seasons, and guided tours, including school groups, are available. Offers a horticultural gift shop on site as well. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Assiniboia Gallery This fine gallery has been specializing in originals by distinguished Canadian artists for more than a quarter-century, including works by Dorothy Kowles, Ted Godwin, and W.H. Webb. Collections include landscapes, florals, and more in contemporary and traditional styles. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours


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City Hall Tour Be sure to stop at the centre of Regina’s municipal functions here at City Hall. Tours include the council chamber and Mayor’s office, offered year-round Monday-Friday. This is Regina’s crown jewel, set in the heart of the Queen City. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours Globe Theatre This year-round theatre venue produces a 6-play main stage season running from September-May, and a 3-play second stage showcasing new work and emerging artists. Group rates are available.

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Saskatchewan Science Centre & Kramer IMAX Theatre For groups of any age, this is one cool place to visit! The Science Centre features over 100 permanent exhibits including hands-on activities, live stage shows, and one of the tallest climbing walls in the country. The incredible Kramer IMAX Theatre shows films on a five-storey screen with wrap-around sound, providing the ultimate in movie entertainment! Minimum Time Required: 2-3 hours Saskatchewan Legislative Building See the place where Saskatchewan Government is housed. The building was constructed between 1908 and 1912, designed to reflect the architecture

of English Renaissance and Louis XVI of France. Admission is free, and tours run every half hour or by arrangement through the visitor services office. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Royal Saskatchewan Museum Explore Saskatchewan and the world, through three excellent galleries that highlight the past, the present and the future. The Earth Sciences Gallery depicts 3.5 billion years of geological and fossil history. The Life Sciences Gallery shows the province’s eco-regions and the impact of the “human factor”. The First Nations Gallery traces 10,000 years of aboriginal culture. A true gem in the province’s museum world. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

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MacKenzie Art Gallery This fine art gallery is always a crowd-pleaser with groups. Displays a large collection of art from historical to contemporary works, produced by Canadian, American and international artists. Also features major touring exhibits. Tours available, and there is a Gallery Shop, meeting rooms, and 185seat theatre on site as well. Each year the Gallery hosts Saskatchewan’s finest outdoor arts and crafts show and sale, Bazaart, held on June 17 in 2006. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Craven - D4

Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park Just 8km northwest of Craven, this site was a fur trade outpost from 1869-1871. Glimpse into the last days of the fur trade in Southern Saskatchewan at this Hudson’s Bay Company post, featuring reconstructed buildings and interpretive staff available to aid your tour. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

Weyburn - E7

This thriving city is a central distribution point for the area’s wealth of oil, grain and cattle industries, making it the largest inland grain gathering point in the country. The area is also known for its exceptional game bird hunting. Soo Line Historical Museum Located on the banks of the Souris River, this museum is housed in the 1909 Weyburn Electric Light and Machine Company building. Collections include district pioneer artifacts and archives, artifacts from the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital 1921-2004 and other local and regional items. The feature attraction is the museum’s Charles Wilson silver collection, the largest one-man collection of silver known to exist, consisting of over 5,000 items. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Weyburn Crocus Tour While at the Soo Line Historical Museum, pick up a free tour guide booklet for this 12-stop driving tour of Weyburn’s historic sites. The tour begins at the Soo Line, and is well marked with crocus signs throughout the city. Highlights include renowned author W.O. Mitchell’s former residence (exterior viewing), Weyburn’s first hospital, and historically significant Native sites. Weyburn Area Heritage Village This replica village features a collection of restored houses from the turn of the century to the 1940s. Step back in time on your own or with a guide, and explore a one-room schoolhouse, country church, blacksmith shop and much more. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

Fort Qu’Appelle - E4

Fort Qu’Appelle Museum History buffs will enjoy a visit to this 1860s Hudson’s Bay Company post and adjacent museum. Get a feel of the time through displays of Indian artifacts, Hudson’s Bay Company articles, tools, photos, Northwest Mounted Police items and much more. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours

Abernethy - F4

Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site Get an insight into pioneer life at the beautiful 1912 homestead of farmer and politician W.R. Motherwell. Costumed guides show you through the gracious stone house and grounds, including a restored barn, farm equipment and farm animals, completing the living history experience. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Abernethy Nature-Heritage Museum Also be sure to take in this interesting museum stop, featuring a collection of over 300 mounted birds and animals. The site contains heritage and nature artifacts, and memorabilia of naturalist R.P. Stueck. There are hands-on activities for children, an art gallery and a 1930s classroom also on site. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Estevan Energy Tour View three of the region’s top energy attractions in one all-inclusive tour! Includes the coal-fired Boundary Dam Power Station and its adjacent mine with the largest draglines in North America. Also visit the Shand Power Station which generates 2 million megawatt hours of energy each year, and the Shand Greenhouse which uses the Power Station by-products to produce thousands of tree seedlings. Minimum Time Required: 3 hours Estevan Art Gallery & Museum Housed in an 1894 Northwest Mounted Police barracks, this interesting museum features monthly exhibitions on the local, regional, national and international level. Topics include history, science, culture and nature. Minimum Time Required: 2 hours Souris Valley Theatre While in Estevan, take in a live performance at the Souris Valley Theatre. Enjoying its 17th season in 2006, the theatre hosts two productions each summer, with shows Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Souris Valley Museum & Heritage Mining Equiment Display Explore the history of the area from the time before the white settlers arrived until the 1940s. This region is rich in mining history, and visitors can see four pieces of equipment from the Old Costello Mine Site. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour

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Old George’s Hidden Village and Museum Looking for a unique roadside stop? Old George’s in Whitewood is the place to stop! The 11.6-acre estate features more than 30 buildings in its hidden village, including the 1885 brick mansion with 17 rooms displaying 20,000 items for show and sale. Old George’s awards include the National Geographic Blue Star. Minimum Time Required: 1 hour Whitewood Heritage Centre & Fleur-de-Lis Gift Shop Whitewood is a town focused on heritage, and nowhere is that more evident than the awardwinning Merchant’s Bank Heritage Centre in the heart of the historic downtown area. Interpretive displays depict the story of the French Counts of St. Hubert, and the site provides a great gift shop and a lovely Memory Lane rest area adjacent. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park Before the wave of western immigration in the late 1890s, English settlers put forth a grand effort to create a Victorian society on the prairies. This wonderful historic site pays tribute to this effort through original and reconstructed buildings, artifacts, costumed guides, and period demonstrations. Minimum Time Required: 1.5 hours

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accommodations East Central TRAVELODGE MELFORT 101 Sprucehaven Road, Box 3250, Melfort, SK, S0E 1A0 Tel: 306-752-5961 • 1-800-578-7878

Regina Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre Regina 4177 Albert Street South, Regina, SK, S4S 3R6 Tel: 306-586-3443

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106 Circle Drive West, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 4L6 Tel: 306-242-8881

North Service Road # 1 Hwy, Swift Current, SK, S9H 3X6 Tel: 306-773-3101

South East TRAVELODGE WEYBURN 53 Government Road South, Weyburn, SK, S4H 2A2

The North TRAVELODGE PRINCE ALBERT 3551-2 Avenue West, Prince Albert, SK, S6V 5G1 Tel: 306-764-6441

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Crystal Falcon 4320-44 Street, Lloydminster, SK, S9V 1R5 Tel: 306-825-4400 • 1-888-700-2264 Fax: 306-825-6026 lloydminster@bestcdn.com www.bestcdn.com

BEST CANADIAN MOTOR INNS NORTH BATTLEFORD Located along the banks of the Battle and North Saskatchewan Rivers, North Battleford boasts a wide array of outdoor adventure and fun. For the indoor activist enjoy the museums, art galleries and historical sites or join us at one of the many annual events. We offer 50 A/C units, cable TV, outdoor plug-ins, FREE continental breakfast. All rooms are equipped with fridges, microwaves and in-room coffee service. Non-smoking units, meeting rooms and entertainment room also available. Nathan Hefford # 971 Highway 16, North Battleford, SK, S9A 3K2 Tel: 306-445-7747 • 1-888-700-2264 Fax: 306-445-6966 northbattleford@bestcdn.com www.bestcdn.com

1825 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 1B6 Tel: 306-244-2191

attractions Regina CASINO REGINA Saskatchewan’s top tourism attraction is sure to add excitement and entertainment to your visit! Have fun with a wide variety of slots, table games and a first-class poker facility; tempt your taste buds at The Last Spike Restaurant, the Whistle Stop Café, CR Express food kiosk or CPR Lounge; and enjoy world-class entertainment in the Las Vegas-style Show Lounge. Centrally located in Regina’s downtown, it’s the perfect place to be entertained! 1880 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina, SK, S4P 0B2 Tel: 1-800-555-3189 contact@casinoregina.com

RCMP HERITAGE CENTRE Visitors to the RCMP Heritage Centre will experience state of the art exhibits, multimedia presentations and engaging programming that help tell the remarkable story of the RCMP. Open yearround. Amenities include: gift shop, concession, motorcoach parking and welcoming meet & greet. Wheelchair accessible. Call ahead or visit our web site for admission rates and hours, at www.rcmpheritagecentre.com. Complimentary admissions for guide and driver. A minimum visit time of two hours is recommended.

East Central EAST CENTRAL TOURISM REGION Tel: 306-783-8707 www.eastcentral.sask.info

Regina TOURISM REGINA Tel: 306-789-5099 / 1-800-661-5099 www.tourismregina.com

Saskatoon Carrie Ross 5907 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK, S4T 0P4 Tel: 306-522-7333 • 1-866-567-7267 Fax: 306-522-7340 info@rcmpheritagecentre.com www.rcmpheritagecentre.com

South West CASINO MOOSE JAW Casino Moose Jaw offers fun, excitement, and friendly hospitality in its 1920s-themed building, conveniently located across from Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. Enjoy a wide variety of table games and slot machines, take a break and relax in the lounge or enjoy world-class entertainment at the Mae Wilson Theatre. Casino Moose Jaw offers outstanding entertainment and service – it’s a great stop on your tour through this growing tourism centre! 21 Fairford St E, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0C8 Tel: (306) 694-3888 contact@casinomoosejaw.com

West Central Fort Battleford National Historic Site of Canada Frustration and starvation set the stage for confrontation between the First Nations and the federal government in 1885 at Fort Battleford. A century later, you can tour five original buildings, interact with live interpreters and displays, see weapons demonstrations, discover stories of the North West Mounted Police and First Nations people, and the events of 1885 that changed the face of Canadian history. Open May to September long weekends. Groups welcome! Brendan Manz Box 70, Battleford, SK, S0M 0E0 Tel: 306-937-2621 • 1-306-937-2621 Fax: 306-937-3370 battleford.info@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/fortbattleford

TOURISM SASKATOON Awarded the 2006 Cultural Capital of Canada designation by the Government of Canada (population over 233,923), Saskatoon shines as a beautiful, four-season destination scenically located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. A central hub for international travellers interested in aboriginal heritage, cultural attractions, world-class festivals, science & technology, nature, agriculture and much more. Tourism Saskatoon is an enthusiastic full service convention and visitor bureau dedicated to creatively and successfully serving your tour planning needs. Shannon Cossette 101 - 202, 4th Ave N., Saskatoon, SK, S7K0K1 Tel: 306-931-7585 • 1-800-567-2444 Fax: 306-242-1955 scossette@tourismsaskatoon.com www.tourismsaskatoon.com

South East SASKATCHEWAN SOUTH EAST TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 306-842-4648 • 1-866-676-7111 www.sotheast.sask.info

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Saskatchewan West Central Tourism Association Tel: 306-893-4290; 1-800-670-1093 www.westcentral.sask.info

Explore Saskatchewan. Discover 100,000 lakes and rivers, some of the world's friendliest people and our famous living skies. The landscape is larger than life, the people down to earth, the cultural experiences authentic. A rich mix of attractions provide a wealth of tour options for senior, adult and student/youth groups. With everything you want in a tour destination, Saskatchewan is uncrowded and unspoiled, and has the perfect combination of sophistication and western flavour. Ted Horning 1922 Park Street, Regina, SK, S4N 7M4 Tel: 306-787-3061 ted.horning@sasktourism.com www.sasktourism.com

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unforgettable for groups!

Manitoba is a jewel of a province with something to offer every visitor. Here you will discover a wealth of year-round activities, from world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, to golf, hiking, kayaking and fishing in Manitoba’s great outdoors.

Spend a day visiting one of Winnipeg’s historic francophone communities, or travel north to the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill, and get up close and personal with the kings of the arctic. With over 100,000 lakes, there are plenty of places to dock your boat or cast your fishing line. Wherever you go, you will be charmed by the warm and inviting nature of the province’s residents, and the undeniable beauty of its landscape. Whether your group is seeking cosmopolitan indulgence or outdoor adventure, a trip to Manitoba is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!

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Unforgettable sunrises… shimmering lakes…

spectacular parks… abundant wildlife… big city entertainment…

home town charm… Manitoba’s enticing combination of cosmopolitan sophistication and wide-open spaces makes this a province of infinite opportunities. Marvel at the majestic power of the polar bear or relax on one of the finest beaches in North America. Be stirred by the internationally renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet or take in the eerie dance of the northern lights. Visit Winnipeg, the provincial capital, for designer names at wholesale prices, a world’s worth of delicious dining, and the chance to cruise our rivers via canoe or stroll down a river walkway. Here you can cheer on professional hockey, football and baseball teams or take a leisurely stroll along picturesque streets lined with the largest collection of publicly owned elm trees on the continent. The possibilities are endless!

... Come to Manitoba and be captivated-by our natural beauty and our urban elegance, by the warmth of our hospitality and by the genuine friendliness of our people. The unforgettable vacation of a lifetime awaits you in friendly Manitoba.

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Agriculture and Forestry combine to contribute approximately 7% of Manitoba’s GDP. As home to Canada's only agricultural commodity exchange, Winnipeg is the centre of Canada’s grain trade. Head offices for Canada's largest insurance company, largest mutual fund distributor, and largest integrated media company are also located in Manitoba.

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Manitoba has two National Parks: Riding Mountain National Park, and Wapusk National Park. There are also over 50 provincial parks in the province, ideal for camping, hiking and wildlife viewing.

649,950 sq. kilometers, or 6.5% of Canada’s total land area.

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Climate Manitoba is known for warm and sunny summers and bright, cold winters. Average summertime o o temperatures are 25 C (77 F) while average winter o o o temperatures can range from -18 to -26 C. (0 to o -14 F). Southern regions of Manitoba receive an average of 11-140 cm of snow annually, while northeasterly regions see up to 160 cm.

Emergencies To access fire, police and ambulance in an emergency, dial 911.

Highest Elevation Mount Baldy – 831 m (2725ft) above sea level

Hostelling There are three hostels in the province, all of which are located in the capital city, Winnipeg. These hostels are Guest House International, Hi-Winnipeg Downtowner Hostel, and University Of Winnipeg Student Housing.

Major Industries The largest industry in Manitoba’s $36 billion economy is manufacturing, which accounts for about 12% of the province’s GDP. Mining,

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Population 1,198,981 (as of June 1, 2008)

Premier Gary Doer, leader of Manitoba’s New Democrat Party, has been the Province’s Premier since 1999.

Tax Information Manitoba’s Retail Sales Tax (RST) is a 5 % tax applied to the retail sale or rental of most goods and certain services in Manitoba. The tax is calculated on the selling price, before the 6% GST (Good and Services Tax) is applied.

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Famous People

Manitoba offers a wide range of cultural opportunities. The Jazz Winnipeg Festival attracts some of the top jazz talent from around the world performing at free and ticketed events in late June. In early July, as many as 250 folk artists converge on 7 different stages for the world famous Winnipeg Folk Festival, an event which draws as many as 60,000 spectators annually. August is home to the world’s longest running multi-cultural festival, Folklorama, where over 40 cultures are displayed in various venues throughout the city of Winnipeg. Experience the spicy flavours and dances of Chile or the exciting drumbeat of the Caribbean. These and the many other cultures of Winnipeg come together over this two week festival to welcome you to their feast for all senses.

Burton Cummings, singer/songwriter, Winnipeg Neil Young, singer/songwriter, Winnipeg Anna Paquin, actress, Winnipeg Scott Bairstow, actor, Steinbach Clara Hughes, Olympic cyclist, Winnipeg Corey Koskie, MLB third baseman, Anola Margaret Laurence, author, Neepawa Chantal Kreviazuk, singer, Winnipeg Ed Belfour, NHL goaltender, Carman William George "Billy" Barker, WWI Fighter Ace, Dauphin Terry Fox, activist, Winnipeg Ron Hextall, NHL Player, Brandon Fred Penner, children’s entertainer, Winnipeg Tom Jackson, musician and actor, Winnipeg Adam Beach, actor, Winnipeg Nia Vardalos, actress and writer, Winnipeg

Manitoba Fast Facts • Translated from the languages of the province’s Aboriginal people, Manitoba means "where the spirit lives".

• The Royal Canada Mint’s manufacturing facility in Winnipeg has produced over 52 billion coins for over 75 different countries all over the world, including all Canadian circulation coinage. • Altona is the Sunflower Capital of Canada. • The Flin-Flon Trout Festival is a month long fishing derby held every year in June. • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the second-oldest ballet company in North America and the oldest surviving dance company in Canada. • The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival originated in 1916 and continues to celebrate the culture and heritage of the northern pioneer.

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• Manitoba is home to over 100,000 lakes. • West Hawk Lake in Eastern Manitoba is the province’s deepest lake, at a depth of 115 m (400ft). • The Winnipeg Art Gallery is Western Canada’s oldest public art gallery and home to the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art. • Churchill is the only human settlement where polar bears can be observed in the wild. • Over 250 species of birds travel through Churchill each year during migration. • The Costume Museum of Canada in Winnipeg contains over 35,000 artifacts, dating back over 400 years.

Professional Spectator Sports Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL Football) 204-784-2583 www.bluebombers.com Manitoba Moose (AHL Hockey) Toll Free: 1-888-626-6673 www.moosehockey.com Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League Baseball) 204-982-BASE www.goldeyes.com

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Experience idyllic isolation at fly-in lodges on remote lakes, that range from rustic to sublime.

By Land Manitoba Provincial Highway 1 The total distance of the Trans Canada Highway in Manitoba is 519 km (322 mi). Most of the highway is a 4-lane divided highway except on some very short sections in western & eastern Manitoba, where the highway is two lanes.

Air, Execaire, First Air, Kavaliq, Keystone Air Service, Nolinor Aviation, Northway Aviation, Northwest Airlines, Perimeter, Skyservice, SkyNorth, Sunwing Airlines, United, WestJet

By Rail Manitoba Provincial Highway 75 (Lord Selkirk Highway) The Lord Selkirk Highway is a main route from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the U.S. border, where it connects with U.S. Route 75 near the community of Emerson, Manitoba. The highway is about 95 km (60 mi) long, and is used as a main route for those travelling between Winnipeg and the United States. Provincial Trunk Highways 100 and 101 (Perimeter Highway) A beltway around Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Perimeter is approximately 90 km (57 mi) long. It is an alternate route around Winnipeg for through traffic, as there are no freeways through the city

By Air Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport Airlines: Air Canada , Air West Aviation, AeroMexico, Air Transat, Bearskin Airlines, Calm

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VIA Rail Canada Inc. Winnipeg is along the cross Canada route – the Canadian – which offers service throughout the entire Canadian West, from Toronto to Vancouver. The Winnipeg-Churchill train, also known as the Hudson Bay, leaves Winnipeg and travels 1,700 kilometres north to Churchill. Travellers aboard this train can request a ‘special stop’ and debark the train anywhere they wish! Toll-free: 1-888-842-7245 (arrival and departure information) Toll-free: 1-800-561-8630 (reservations and fares, Western Canada only) www.viarail.ca

North of 53o Escape to the North! Manitobans “North of 53” know how to enjoy winter, with festivals celebrating their heritage as Voyageurs, trappers, and pioneers carving out a life in the Canadian West. Enjoy the rugged beauty and peaceful isolation at fly-in lodges on remote lakes, renowned for their trophy fish, or simply relax in the comfort of the two-day, one night Via Rail trip from Winnipeg to Churchill along Hudson Bay.


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MTS Centre, home to the Manitoba Moose hockey team. Photo Credit: Mike Grandmaison

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There are a number of visitor information centres throughout Manitoba, offering tourism materials, washrooms and refreshments. Many centres are open year round, and are conveniently located on Manitoba’s major routes.

Explore Manitoba Centre Located in the heart of Winnipeg at The Forks (adjacent to the Johnston Terminal), the Explore Manitoba Centre is a permanent theme pavilion with over 8,000 square feet of incredible displays and exhibits that gives both visitors and residents alike a true sense of the diversity and grandeur of Manitoba. The Explore Manitoba Centre also serves as a full-service information centre, providing visitors with information on Manitoba and Winnipeg. The Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway starts at mile 0 located at the centre. Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Canada/United States Border Hwy. 75 Mid-May to Labour Day, daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; September to mid-May, Thursday to Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Manitoba/Ontario Boundary Hwy. 1 Mid-May to Labour Day, daily, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Labour Day to Thanksgiving weekend, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Manitoba/Saskatchewan Boundary Hwy. 1 Mid-May to Labour Day, daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Canada/United States Border Hwy. 10 mid-May to Labour Day, daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Manitoba/Saskatchewan Boundary Hwys. 16 & 83 mid-May to Labour Day, daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Destination Winnipeg Information Centre Winnipeg International Airport 2000 Wellington Avenue Main Level Winnipeg, MB R3H 1C1 Tel: 204-982-7543 Toll-free: 1-800-665-0204 (North America) Fax: 204-788-0245 Open year-round, 8 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. daily.

Fax: (204) 942-4043 • www.destinationwinnipeg.ca Open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. year-round, Monday to Friday.

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Parks Canada Kiosk Located in the Explore Manitoba Centre at The Forks. Open daily from May long weekend until LabourDay. Bilingual service. The Forks National Historic Site of Canada 401 - 25 Forks Market Road Winnipeg, MB R3C 4S8 Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888 Fax: (204) 983-2221 • Web site: www.pc.gc.ca

Destination Winnipeg 259 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2A9 Phone: (204) 943-1970 Toll-free: 1-800-665-0204 (North America)

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Explore the cultures of the world at Folklorama, a two-week summer extravaganza of ethnic riches, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Unique heritage, culturally-infused cuisine, hot jazz, awesome country and fragrant lilies are just a few of the many things that give Manitobans reason to celebrate.Plan your getaway around any of these fine events and come revel with us!

booths, Scottish market, massed bands and Scottish pub. Location: Selkirk. Tel. (204)757-2010. www.manitobahighlandgathering.org

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Incredible country music from some of the hottest stars in the business. Location: Dauphin. Tel. 1800-361-7300; www.countryfest.ca

Features 30 shows daily of music, dance, puppetry and hands-on activities with local, national and international artists. Tel. (204) 958-4730; www.kidsfest.ca

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Jazz Winnipeg Festival Winnipeg Features the hottest jazz and blues performers from around the world at both free and ticketed events Tel. (204) 989-4656; www.jazzwinnipeg.com

Internationally acclaimed celebration of people and music featuring over 60 acts, six daytime stages, evening main stage, family area, artisan tent and food court. Location: Birds Hill Provincial Park. Tel. (204) 231-0096; www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca

Red River Exhibition Winnipeg North America’s #1 midway, stage acts, children’s entertainers, exhibits, youth talent shows, opening day fireworks. Location: Winnipeg. Tel. (204) 888-6990; www.redriverex.com Manitoba Summer Fair Brandon (Western) Midway and rides for all ages, trade show, demolition derby, petting zoo, antique tractors, horse show. Tel. (204) 726-3590; www.brandonfairs.com Manitoba Highland Gathering Scottish heritage is celebrated with dance, pipe and drum competitions, heavy games of brawn, sheep shearing and herding, canoe and kayak races, clan

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Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival Winnipeg North America’s second largest Fringe festival features more than 100 theatre groups over 11 full days. Outdoor stage and Kids Fringe feature street performers, buskers and bands from noon to midnight. Location: Winnipeg. Tel. (204) 943-7464; www.winnipegfringe.com World Lily Festival Neepawa (Western) Celebration of lilies with a flower show, walking tours, entertainment, tea parties and much more. Tel. (204) 476-8811; www.lilyfestival.com Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition

Morris (Pembina Valley) One of Canada's largest professional rodeos, it offers four days of top level competition. Tel. (204) 746-2552; www.manitobastampede.ca Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede Austin (Central Plains) Heritage festival that brings all aspects of the museum to life. This includes vintage parade and machinery displays, horse power demonstrations, pioneer lifestyle activities and operating pioneer village. Also enjoy the Central Canada's Fiddler Festival. Tel. (204) 637-2354; www.ag-museum.mb.ca Manitoba Sunflower Festival Altona (Pembina Valley) Mennonite culture is celebrated with ethnic food, family entertainment, parade, car show, motocross races, pancake breakfasts, ball tournament, farmer's market, crafts, queen pageant, street dance. Tel. (204) 324-9005; www.townofaltona.com St. Pierre Frog Follies St. Pierre-Jolys (Pembina Valley) Good times are promised for all with the Canadian Frog Jumping Championships where adults and children compete for top prize. Children's games, sport tournaments, music and entertainment are also featured. Tel. (204) 433-7725; www.frogfollies.com Canada's National Ukrainian Festival Dauphin (Parkland) In this special celebration of Ukraine’s independence, experience the flavour of old traditions and culture through song, dance, costume and delectable Ukrainian cuisine. Tel. (204) 622-4600; www.cnuf.ca


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Morden (Pembina Valley)

Celebrate pioneer life with festivities featuring interpretive demonstrations such as butter churning, threshing, log cutting and quilting. Auction sale, horse show, children's events and barbecues. Tel. (204) 326-9661 www.mennoniteheritagevillage.com

It's fun and free! Free admission, free shuttle bus, free live stage entertainment, free hot buttered cornon-the cob, free apple cider and free bus tours. Also a midway, crafts, dances and gospel stage on Sunday. Location: Morden. Tel.(204) 822-5630. www.mordenmb.com

Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival of Manitoba)

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Manito Ahbee - A Festival for all Nations

Second oldest ethnic gathering in Canada held in the largest Icelandic community outside Iceland. Includes midway, beach volleyball, Amma’s kitchen, folk festival, fine art show, sandcastle building contest, New Iceland historic and cultural exhibits, traditional program, parade. Tel. (204) 642-7417; www.icelandicfestival.com

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August Folklorama - Canada's Cultural Celebration Winnipeg Represents cultures from around the world in a twoweek extravaganza full of ethnic richness and traditions in culture, food and art. With over 40 pavilions, this multicultural event is held throughout the city. Tel. (204) 982-6210 or toll-free 1-800-665-0234; www.folklorama.ca Opaskwayak Indian Days The north bank of the Saskatchewan River comes alive in this celebration of Cree traditions with a 60mile canoe race, events, food, fiddling and jigging music, Western Canadian Square Dance Championships, live entertainment. Location: The Pas. Tel. (204) 623-7431; www.opaskwayak.mb.ca

February Centara Corporation International New Music Festival - Winnpeg Come and see this unique music festival that spawned new music festivals across the country. “Must be seen to be heard.” Tel. (204) 949-3999; www.wso.mb.ca Festival du Voyageur - Winnipeg

Celebration of Aboriginal music and culture, international First Nations competition Powwow, music festival, indigenous marketplace, Métis celebrations, visual arts, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Tel. (204) 956-1849, www.manitoahbee.com

Western Canada’s largest winter festival celebrates Canada’s fur trading era and combines the joie de vivre of the voyageurs with more than 300 music performances, magnificent snow sculptures, historical interpretation of the early 19th century at Fort Gibraltar, live entertainment, traditional dishes, arts and crafts, the voyageur International Sled Dog Classic, a governor’s ball. Tel. (204) 237-7692; www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

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Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival

Manitoba Livestock Expo: Agricultural extravaganza with shows and exhibits, auctions, Kids World, Manitoba Rodeo Championship finals. Location: Date: November 5-9, 2009, November 4-6, 2010 Brandon. Tel. (204) 726-3590 www.brandonfairs.com Canada Inns Winter Wonderland Winnipeg Enjoy a winter drive-through light show in the warmth and comfort of a vehicle. The massive light show features 15 animated theme areas with over 100,000 lights and displays as large as 125 feet wide and 40 feet high. Location: Winnipeg. Tel. (204) 888-6990; www.redriverex.com

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Steinbach Pioneer Days

The Pas (North of 53) Oldest winter festival--originating in 1916--celebrates the cultural heritage of the northern pioneer with skills and entertainment; World Championship Dog Race; King Trapper events include canoe packing, trap setting, moose calling, bannock baking and more; arts and crafts show, beard growing contest, children’s games, evening rendezvous. Tel. (204) 623-2912. www.trappersfestival.com

March - April Royal Manitoba Winter Fair Brandon (Western) A week of excitement with world-class equestrian events, children’s shows, livestock sales and displays, 300 agricultural and commercial exhibits, top entertainers – Keystone Centre. Tel. (204) 726-3590; www.brandonfairs.com

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Manitoba’s Red and Assiniboine rivers feature prominently in the capital city of Winnipeg.

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Outstanding for much more than its location at the geographic centre of North America, Winnipeg is a great place to start making Manitoba memories. Enjoy all that the city has to offer, including worldclass entertainment, a vibrant arts scene, diverse nightlife, famous festivals, eclectic shopping, fantastic dining and more. Assiniboine Park Made up of 153 hectares (378 acres) along the Assiniboine River, the park features a zoo, miniature railway, duck pond, Winnie-the-bear statue, the Leo Mol Sculpture garden, and Citizens Hall of Fame. Facilities for tobogganing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating are available in the winter. Assiniboia Downs Live thoroughbred racing May through the end of September. Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet The RWB is known worldwide for its technical excellence and eclectic repertoire. Strongly rooted in classical ballet, the RWB’s performances range from the classics to innovative contemporary ballet.

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Celebrations Dinner Theatre Experience live theatre while a delicious four-course dinner is served by characters from the show. Celebrations’ original three act musical comedies are based on familiar themes you know and love. When combined with classic songs performed live, fantastic set designs and energizing choreography, it’s an evening of entertainment. Club Regent Casino It’s a jungle in there! The Casino boasts the second highest waterfall in the province and one of the largest walks through saltwater aquariums in the Midwest. Enjoy local and international entertainment in the concert bowl and lounge – and don’t forget the great gaming! Costume Museum of Canada Home to a 35,000-piece collection of clothing, accessories and textile artifacts that span 400 years. The museum opens a window on the real world of the past and into the lives of the people who lived there. Dalnavert Museum Marvel at the luxurious furnishings and lovely stained glass windows that make this 1895 Queen Anne Revival style home a beautiful and fascinating place to visit.

Exchange District Established in the early 1900’s, the Exchange District National Historic Site is the original centre of commerce and culture in Winnipeg. At the turn of the century, Winnipeg was the fastest growing city in Canada and home to some of the most prominent architecture across the country. The Exchange District area housed the city’s commercial core, and was filled with warehouses, banks, theatres and early sky-scrapers. Many of the architects of the time trained in the Chicago School style, giving Winnipeg the nickname “The Chicago of the North”. Today the Exchange District has been preserved and nurtured as one of North America’s most colourful and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods. Providing a unique backdrop for Winnipeg’s bustling business and arts community, the 30-block district is a showcase for the finest collection of pre-1913 architecture found anywhere in North America. Exchange District Walking Tours Take a guided tour and lose yourself in the early 1900’s Winnipeg. Steeped in history, the Exchange District tells the story of our city’s transition from a boomtown to Canada’s current cultural oasis. Knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides tell tales of power, corruption and past heroism while you enjoy an exceptional collection of architecture from both inside and out. A must-see for any visitor to Winnipeg.


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The Forks National Historic Site of Canada Once a rail yard, this reclaimed section of the city is now home to markets, restaurants, unique shopping, attractions and a National Historic Site. Today we call the junction of the two mighty rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red, The Forks, and the site includes staging for open-air concerts, the Manitoba Children’s Museum, the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, summer buskers and plenty of winter fun. Gabrielle Roy House Discover the ancestral house that inspired Gabrielle Roy, one of Canada’s most influential authors of the 20th century. This magnificent home and its white columns, the perfect setting for some of her most loved stories, was Gabrielle Roy’s birthplace. A recipient of many prestigious awards, Gabrielle Roy is best remembered for her novels Street of Riches and The Tin Flute; her works have been translated into no less than 14 languages.

IMAX Theatre The 5 1/2 storey screen, crystal clear images and amazing digital surround sound will make you feel like you are part of the film – it’s the ultimate and most immersive way to see a movie. IMAX converted to IMAX 3D in 2006 – see this eye-popping technology today! Manitoba Legislative Building There is a theory that this building was built as a talisman, using the same “devine blueprints” as ancient temples – the only one in Canada –with considerable Masonic references. Built of fossil filled limestone and topped by the famous Golden Boy, the building was completed in 1919 and has been designated a provincial heritage site. The Manitoba Museum Explore a vivid portrayal of Manitoba's rich and colourful history through nine galleries covering all regions of Manitoba. The national editors of Where Magazine have selected the Parklands/Mixed Woods Gallery as "One of Canada's Best New Attractions for Summer 2004". The Museum is the recipient of the Michelin Green Guide's top award designated 'Worth the Trip'. Dramatic walk-through settings include the 17th century full-size replica ship "The Nonsuch", and the Urban Gallery which recreates boomtown Winnipeg in the 1920s (the 'gateway to the west').

McPhillips Street Station Casino Step into McPhillips Street Station Casino and you step into a rollicking railway town from the last century. We offer the best local and international entertainment in our concert bowl, from a quick snack to fine dining plus all the modern gaming you enjoy. Take a multi-sensory magical history tour of Manitoba aboard the Millennium Express. Fun, games and old fashioned hospitality await you.

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FortWhyte Alive This nature centre showcases the 70-acre, 30head Bison Prairie exhibit, hiking trails with a prairie dog exhibit, family tree house, bird feeding stations, floating boardwalks, sod house, tipi encampment and waterfowl in their native pond habitats.

Prairie Dog Central Railway The Prairie Dog Central Railway operates a fully restored 1900-era vintage train with five wooden coaches pulled by either an 1882 steam of a 1950s classic GP9 diesel locomotive. More than just a train ride, the entire trip incorporates station stops at Grosse Isle and Warren, where there are generally local country vendors with home baking, product and handicrafts. The River Rouge & MS Paddlewheel Queen Sail through the heart of Winnipeg, offering dining, snack and bar services. Afternoon sightseeing and evening dinner/dance cruises. Riel House National Historic Site of Canada Take a glimpse into the life of Louis Riel, Métis leader and founder of Manitoba, at his family’s historic house, restored to its 1886 appearance.

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Le Musée de Saint-Boniface / St. Boniface Museum Stand within the oldest building in Winnipeg, and the largest oak structure in North America. The museum depicts the lives of the French and Métis people. Originally the Grey Nuns Convent, it also boasts the largest collection of Louis Riel artifacts in the country.

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Cooks Creek - B4

Cooks Creek Heritage Museum is situated in the oldest Galician settlement in western Canada. The seven buildings include a restored barn and blacksmith shop, pioneer homes, candle house and chapel. Dedicated to early pioneers from Slavic Europe.

Scanterbury - B4

South Beach Casino is a 30,000 square-foot casino nestled in the woods. Offers 300 slot machines, 12 table games, exceptional cuisine including lavishly stocked buffet, live entertainment.

Steinbach - B6

A unique experience awaits visitors at the Mennonite Heritage Village (Canada) Inc. This 40-acre complex spreads out from a street reminiscent of the Mennonite villages found in southern Manitoba during the late 1800s. A windmill with 20 m/60 ft. sails dominates the village. Century-old dwellings, church and school are furnished to the period.

Birds Hill Provincial Park - B4

Featuring hills and ridges formed by ancient glaciers, this 35 sq. km/22 sq. mi. acre park has a lake, oak and aspen forests, native prairie wildflowers (including several species of rare orchids), deer, waterfowl and songbirds. Facilities include

camping, swimming, picnic sites, a riding stable, a restaurant, a beach concession and a convenience store. There are 30 km/18.5 mi. of trails for walking and cross-country skiing and a 7.2 km/4.5 mi. paved bicycle and roller blading trails. Interpretive programs are available on a yearround basis for groups of all ages. Every July the park hosts the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Pineridge Hollow Located on the edge of the park is this tea room and gift shop, celebrating prairie cuisine and landscaped theme gardens. Summer farmer’s markets and unique home décor items reflects the close connections to surrounding farms and fields.

Grand Beach Provincial Park - B3

Resting along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, Canada's fifth largest lake and next to the historic La Vérendrye Trail, are powdery white sand beaches and grass-topped dunes that make this one of the top beaches in North America. The dunes reach as high as 8 m/30 ft. A lagoon supports many species of birds. An excellent place to swim, wind surf or hike, three excellent self-guiding walks: Spirit Rock Trail, Wild Wings Trail and the Ancient Beach Trail. The Park also features a campground, outdoor amphitheatre, picnic shelters, a restaurant, concession services and wheelchair access to the beach.

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Whiteshell Provincial Park - D4

This spectacular park offers over 2,729 km/1,689 mi. of dazzling waters and lush forests. Park visitors of all ages enjoy hiking, mountain biking, tennis, quiet beaches and water sports of all kinds. Over 200 lakes offer walleye, northern pike, perch, smallmouth bass and lake trout fishing excitement. A year-round playground, the Whiteshell offers winter lovers cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, winter hiking, skating and snowmobiling.

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Hecla Provincial Park - D3

Venture through the park's many hiking and crosscountry ski trails. Facilities include a campground, vacation cabins, a bed and breakfast home, tennis courts, a championship 18-hole golf course, a resort and conference centre, and marina.

Stonewall - C5

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre Come see why this is the world's 'Best Environmental Experience'! Under the guidance of friendly interpreters, you can trek over 30 kms of nature trails, take a guided tour of the marsh, go canoeing, view birds and wildlife, watch a film in our multimedia theatre, enjoy a meal in the café and check out fun, interactive exhibits. Stonewall Quarry Park Giant limestone kilns form the focus of this unique park, which features an interpretive centre, walking trail, manmade lake, beach, picnic areas, ball diamonds and campground.

Gimli - C4

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Selkirk - C5

City of Selkirk established in 1882 is named after Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk who relocated hundreds of Scottish and Irish settlers to the shores of the Red River. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada Explore the beautifully restored stone heritage buildings at this intact, original Hudson's Bay Company fur trade centre on the banks of the Red River. Enjoy the authentic, colourful costumes and stories. Smell goods baking on the hearth fires, hear the blacksmith's hammer, touch the furs in the fur loft and participate in special events. See the Big House (Governor's home), men's house, guest cottage, blacksmith's shop, farm manager's cottage, native encampment and York boat.

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Steep Rock Beach Park Located on the shores of Lake Manitoba, the park includes sandy beaches, a campground, cabins, outdoor stage area, marina, nature trails and playground. The village is built atop a large limestone outcrop that has eroded over time and, through the wave action of Lake Manitoba, formed the beautiful and unique cliffs and sandy beaches that line the shores.


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Barrows Pelican Rapids Mafeking

Lake Winnipegosis

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Duck Bay

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Swan Lake Birch River Lenswood Bowsman Renwer Minitonas Cowan

Kenville Durban Benito

Camperville

Skownan

Sclater Pulp River Pine River

Buck Mountain PP

Garland

Makaroff Deepdale Robin Bield

Venlaw

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Winnipegosis

Ethelbert

Boggy Creek

Fairford

Toutes Aides

Steep Rock

Rorketon

Sifton

Dauphin Lake Grandview Ashville

Inglis Riding Mountain National Park

Shellmouth Russell

Angusville Rossburn Binscarth

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Reykjavik Eddystone Ste Rose Du Lac Makinak Laurier

Dauphin

Gilbert Plains

Petlura

Wasagaming

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Mccreary Onanole Kelwood Elphinstone Foxwarren Mccreary Erickson Solsgirth St Lazare Shoal Lake Britle Eden Basswood Bethany Mcauley Beulah Decker Minnedosa Cardale Neepawa Hamiota Rapid City Miniota

Lak Manit

from Dauphin

Wasagaming - B6

Riding Mountain National Park Edged by a high, rugged escarpment, Riding Mountain National Park is an island of wilderness over the agricultural landscape. Wildlife thrives in the vast mix of forests, meadows and broad valleys, lined with more than 300 kilometres (180 miles) of trails, superb year-round. Keep a camera ready for sightings of moose, elk, beaver, black bear, fox, and if you're very lucky, lynx or wolf. The park has numerous hiking trails, and Agassiz Tower overlooks a panoramic view of prairies stretching out to the north. Wasagaming, the park's townsite, offers a full range of visitor services including accommodation, restaurants and shopping.

Inglis - A5

Asessippi Provincial Park The park is settled at the south end of Lake of the Prairies, a man-made lake flanked by the magnificent valley walls of the Assiniboine and Shell rivers. The lake yields northern pike, perch, and is one of the best walleye lakes in the province. Facilities include camping, hiking, boat rentals, fishing, selfguiding trails, beach, washrooms accessible to the disabled and a snack bar. The Shellmouth Dam, which creates the lake, is 21 m/70 ft. high and 1,218 m/ 4,200 ft. long.

Asessippi Ski Area and Winter Park This family resort is a total entertainment centre with 21 downhill ski/board runs, one quad and one triple chair lift, new wonder carpet on bunny run, half pipe, terrain and tubing park. An enormous winter village and day lodge with a food court, conference/banquet facilities, friendly neighbourhood pub, arcade, gift shop and fully equipped rental/pro shop. Ski and snowboard lessons, night skiing and school/group packages. Summer river tubing. Inglis Grain Elevators National Historic Site of Canada Inglis Grain Elevators National Historic Site and provincial heritage site is the last remaining row of standard country grain elevators. Five elevators still stand intact beside an abandoned rail line in sharp contrast to the demolition of thousands of elevators experienced in numerous prairie towns.

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Dauphin is nestled in the heart of the Parkland region protected by the Riding Mountain National Park and the Duck Mountains. The City of Sunshine welcomes you to an all-season wonderland with an abundance of festivals and recreation.

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Rapid City Neepawa

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Alexander Oak Lake

Chater

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Carberry

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Souris Sinclair Reston Wawanesa Deleau Pipestone Glenboro Hartney Minto Tilston Ninette Baldur Broomhill Lauder Napinka Boissevain Melita Medora Deloraine Neelin Pierson Killarney Goodlands Clearwater Turtle Mountain PP Cartwright Lyleton Waskada Metigoshe International Peace Garden

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International Peace Gardens - B5

A 930 ha/2,300 ac., non-profit, botanical garden and park dedicated to the long-standing peace between Canada and the United States is located on the border of Manitoba and North Dakota, 22 km/14 mi. south of Boissevain. Floral gardens, campground, gift shop, cafe, interpretive centre and programs, hiking trails and picnic areas.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park - C4

The park contains the desert-like area known as the Spirit Sands, a five sq km tract of open blowing sand dunes that tower 30 metres above the surrounding prairie. Spruce Woods and its desert is home to the Northern prairie skink (Manitoba's only lizard), Western hognose snake and two species of cacti; all are unique in Manitoba.

Boissevain - B5

The Outdoor Art Gallery features over 20 giant outdoor murals on various buildings that depict scenes of the local heritage, the Boundary Commission Trail, scenes of the first locomotive in Boissevain, the Willis Family Farm and the local agriculture.

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The Irvin Goodon International Wildlife Museum houses many prize animals displayed in their natural setting. Gift shop sells quality craft pieces, antler products and lodge pole furniture. Newly added bear creation den and an original Métis log cabin.

Brandon - B3

"You Belong in Brandon" - with its rich agricultural heritage and natural resources, the opportunity to explore becomes endless. Manitoba's second largest city, with a population of approximately 43,000, has gained valuable recognition for its ability to organize and host many world-class events. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum contains historical aircraft and artifacts from the RCAF air training schools of World War II. The Riverbank Discovery Centre is home to the Brandon & Region Tourism Centre and Ducks Unlimited Canada offices. The Centre contains tourism information on the area, Canada and the U.S., souvenirs and interpretive information on the natural beauty of the area. It serves as a starting point for the extensive Assiniboine Riverbank Trail system.

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The Margaret Laurence Home is a living memorial to Margaret Laurence. A wide variety of her memorabilia includes doctoral robes and hoods, typewriter, honourary degrees and some of the original furniture. Gift shop on site

Souris - B4

Souris is famous for its 102 year old 177 m/582 ft. free-suspension foot bridge over the Souris River. This bridge is the longest of its kind in Canada and was built by Squire Sowden. It is located next to Sowden's former residence, now Hillcrest Museum.


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Plumas

Eden Neepawa

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Langruth

Gladstone

St-ambroise Delta Beach Reaburn

Macdonald

Austin Carberry

St. Francois Xavier

Portage La Pairie

Winnipeg

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Headingley

Starbuck

Spruce Woods PP

Elm Creek Rathwell Treherne Holland Notre Dame de Lourdes Glenboro Baldur Mariapolis

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The boardwalk captures the lush, wild character of a healthy marshland and the vigour of the wildlife it encompasses. The marsh offers a colourful walking trail. There is a sheltered picnic site adjacent to the marsh.

Fort la Reine Museum and Pioneer Village depicts life in the 1800s. Includes a replica of the original fort built in 1738 by the French-Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye, a railway caboose, 1882 official superintendent car of William Van Horne, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Canada's only Allis Chalmers Museum houses unique farm equipment.

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Austin - A4

Home to the Manitoba Threshermen's Reunion and Stampede and Central Canada's Fiddle Festival every July. The Manitoba Agricultural Museum boasts the largest collection of operating vintage farm machinery in Canada (more than 500 implements, most dating back to the early 1900s, some earlier). The Homesteaders' Village, simulates village life in the late 19th century. It includes an 1883 schoolhouse, a post office that once served all of northwestern Manitoba, the typical log houses of the era, an elegant clapboard mansion, a general store, and a railway station.

Portage la Prairie - B4

This vibrant hospitable city of 13,000 boasts a wide array of accommodations, conference and meeting facilities and recreational amenities. Attractions include the national award-winning Island of Lights, Fort la Reine Museum, Splash Island and Island Park.

St. Francois Xavier - C4

This community dates from 1823 when Cuthbert Grant, an outstanding Métis leader, established a Métis settlement. It was the home of Pascal Breland, an influential business and political figure, and Pierre Falcon, one of Manitoba's earliest song writers.

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Musée des Pionniers et des Chanoinesses Houses historical and cultural artifacts of pioneers and the Chanoinesses who celebrated over 100 years of religious life in the community

Headingley - C4

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Lake Manitoba

Winnipeg Starbuck Rathwell St. Claude Elm Creek Treherne Brunkild Holland Cardinal Carman

Spruce Woods PP

Glenboro

La Salle Ste Agathe

Homewood Altamont Rosenort Roland Miami Morris La Riviere St Jean Baptiste Manitou Morden Plum Coulee Neelin Pilot Mound Darlingford Winkler Clearwater Altona Haskett Gretna Emerson Baldur Mariapolis

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Morden

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Morris

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39

1h10m

102

63

30m

41

26

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points of interest

Morden - C5

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre The Centre has the largest collection of prehistoric marine fossils in North America (from the Western Interior Seaway that covered much of North America 80 million years ago). Discover skeletons and artists' conceptions, life-size reconstructions and dioramas featuring mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, birds, fish, sharks, squid and turtles. Colert Beach, Morden Campground Park setting, camping, RV park, modern facilities, large sand beach, boardwalk, trails, convenience store. Outskirts of Morden on Highway 3 on Lake Minnewasta.

Morris - C5

Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition The Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition is Manitoba's only professional rodeo and home to the Pony Chuckwagon World Championships held in July.

Carman - B4

An oasis on the prairies, the Boyne River flows through this beautifully treed community. Kings Park, located in the centre of town, offers an aquatic centre with two waterslides, tennis courts, picnic area and campground. A 5 km-pathway features

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three river bridges and a tall grass prairie. Carman celebrates the Carman Potato and Blossom Festival in June, Carman Country Fair in July and the Carman Fiddle Festival in August. Stephenfield Provincial Park The park features fishing and recreation facilities including a beach, campground and boat launch. Location: 23 km/14.5 mi. west of Carman on PR 245 beside the Boyne River.

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LaRiviere - A5

The creation of Oak Valley Productions began in 1996 and have transformed a site into the out-lying area of Jerusalem, where over 5,000 people gather each summer to watch Manitoba's original Passion Play.

St. Claude - B4

The Saint-Claude Roman Catholic Church was designed by architect Etienne Gaboury who designed the Saint-Boniface Cathedral. With its long narrow tinted windows, the interior is as unconventional in concept as is its unusual exterior and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Saint-Claude Grotto is located on the property which formerly belonged to the Sisters of the Cross convent, now part of the first parish cemetery enclosure.

Saint-Claude has the world's second largest Smoking Pipe commemorating early settlers who came from Saint-Claude, Jura, France, whose main industry is the manufacturing of smoking pipes. The Dairy Museum of Manitoba features local dairying from early practices to modern processing, agricultural exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of Saint-Claude at the turn-of-the-century.


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The Polar Bear Capital of the World is the only human settlement where polar bears can be observed in the wild. The bears tip the scale at over 1,300 pounds, stand 10 feet tall and can move with surprising speed and agility. Best viewing time is October to early November. Churchill is also famous with birders - some 250 species of birds including the rare Ross Gull, nest or pass through on their yearly migrations. In summer, white beluga whales surface and plunge in the blue-green waters of the Churchill River. You’ll be talking distance of the most vocal whales in the world. More than 3,000 beluga whales come in early July to feed and calve. Seals can also be seen in the harbour and caribou are frequently sighted along the coast. Churchill, population 1,000, is accessible by air or the Hudson Bay Railway line, which was built over permafrost and muskeg in 1929 and required a crew of 3,000 to complete. The two-night, oneday trip on VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Churchill (1,600 km/1,000 mi.) provides comfortable bedrooms or roomettes and fine Manitoba cuisine in the dining car. Calm Air, Kivalliq Air run regular scheduled air service from Winnipeg, Thompson and Gillam year-round.

On the tundra, lichens and miniature shrubs and flowers bloom each spring and fall. A short distance inland are patches of taiga (sub-arctic) forest, with black spruce, scattered white spruce and a thick mat of lichens.

the defenses of PWF, the battery was constructed with six cannon emplacements. One lone cannon stands today, a stark reminder of its intent. Plaques honour Rev. Rasmus Jensen and the Fort Churchill fur trade post.

Visitors are awestruck upon seeing the haunting beauty of our aurora borealis (northern lights). Blue, green and white in colour, they swirl and dance in the still northern sky - with performances that can be seen on clear nights. According to legend, the northern lights will dance their way down to earth if you whistle at them. Why not give it a try?

Across the Churchill River on the west peninsula, lies Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site of Canada, a huge stone fortress built by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1700s to protect their interests in the fur trade. It took over 40 years to build this fortification that signifies the FrenchEnglish struggle on Hudson Bay for control of the fur trade. Parks Canada interpretive staff tell the story of the rivalry, the lives of men who lived there, and point out the details of the cannon embrasures, thick walls, and star-shaped bastions that make this architectural ruin nationally significant. Plaques on this site honour Sir Thomas Button, Samuel Hearne, Matonabee and the Jens Munk expedition. Tours are dependent on the tides and weather permitting.

The Eskimo Museum has a collection of Inuit carvings and artifacts that are among the finest and oldest in the world dating from Pre-Dorset (1700 B.C.) through Dorset, Thule and modern Inuit times. Manitoba Heritage Council plaques commemorate the presence of Pre-Dorset and Dorset peoples who lived in this area from 3000 to 1000 B.C. The gift shop specializes in northern books, Canadian Inuit art, unique postcards, art cards, stationery and local wildberry preserves Cape Merry National Historic Site of Canada features the remnants of a gun powder magazine from the fur trade era (1746). Strategically misplaced, the battery was dismantled and rebuilt in 1749 on its present site. Designed to supplement

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Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre contains exhibits on the human and natural history of the area. Staff provide information on the area, including Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site, York Factory National Historic Site and Wapusk National Park of Canada. Interactive and interpretive programs as well as DVDs and videos are offered year-round. www.grouptravelplanner.net

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M Clintock Back O Day

Numaykoos PP

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Gillam

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Norway House

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292

183

The Pas

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394

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Wapusk National Park

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South Indian Lake

Drybrough Herriot Hone Laurie River

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Leaf Rapids Wivenhoe York Landing

Jetait

Ilford Split Lake

Moak Lake Pukatawagan

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York Factory

Nelson House

Thompson

Paint Lake PP

Pikwitonei

Grass River PP

Flin Flon

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Snow Lake

Sherridon

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Thicket Portage

Gods River

Optic Lake Roblaytin

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Clearwater Lake PP

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Cranberry Portage

Herb Lake Landing Wekusko

Wetikoweskwattam

Cormorant

Red Sucker Lake

Clearwater Lake

Baker Narrows PRP

The Pas

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Island Lake Moose Lake

Westray Turnberry

Warren Landing 6

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Cedar Lake 60

Easterville

Grand Rapids

Big Black River L k

York Factory - I3

York Factory National Historic Site of Canada features remains of the great Hudson's Bay Company fur trade post, including a depot built in 1832, the oldest wooden structure still standing on permafrost. Across Sloop Creek are the ruins of a stone gunpowder magazine and a cemetery with markers dating back to the 1700s. Access is limited to charter planes or by canoe down the Hayes River. Weather conditions are unpredictable at York Factory National Historic Site and can force a longer than anticipated stay. York Factory National Historic Site is situated in polar bear country, and visitors should be aware of the possibilities of an encounter with a bear.

Snow Lake - B6

The Snow Lake Mining Museum has a collection of mining artifacts complete with mining equipment such as drills, mucking machines, old mine rescue equipment and old maps. See a replica of a raise and a drift, a painting of a cross-section of a mine, and clothes the miners wore.

The Pas - A8

The Pas, known as the "Gateway to the North," is actually three distinct communities: the Town of The Pas, The Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and the rural municipality of Kelsey, which includes the farming community, Wanless and village of

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Cranberry Portage. Major events include the Chamber's Annual Trade Show and Sale, Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival, Opaskwayak Indian Days, agricultural fair and exhibition, and the Bill Bannock Fishing Classic. Sam Waller Museum contains the unique and extensive natural and human history collections of Sam Waller, a teacher and passionate collector. Housed in the former Community Building and Court House, a provincial designated heritage building built in 1916, the museum exhibits tell the fascinating stories of this historic community and region Aseneskak Casino celebrates the culture and traditions of the Cree Nations. Features live entertainment, restaurant, art gallery, gift shop and numerous games of chance.

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Thompson - D5

Fun in the sun lasts year-round in Manitoba's third largest city. Heritage North Museum consists of two log structures and an open-air blacksmith shop. See mounted animals native to the area, a boreal forest diorama with authentic caribou hide tipi, First Nations and fur trade artifacts, fossils, a wooly mammoth tusk, traveling exhibits and Inco and mining related artifacts. Blacksmith demonstrations occur periodically throughout the summer.

Pisew Falls – Kwasitchewan Falls At Pisew Falls, the Grass River drops 13 m/ 42.7 ft., changes direction and jets down through a gorge. A short boardwalk leads to observation platforms. Another .5 km/.3 mi. trail leads to the Rotary Bridge over the Grass River below the falls giving access to trails leading to the top of Pisew Falls and to a 22 km return hiking trail to Kwasitchewan Falls, Manitoba's highest waterfall.


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Coach Parking

Comp. Policy

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TRAVELODGE WINNIPEG EAST 20 Alpine Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 0Y5 Tel: 204-255-6000

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DAUPHIN SUPER 8 MOTEL We are located across from the Dauphin Marketplace Mall & have several restaurants located within walking distance. We offer complimentary swimming passes to the Parkland Recreation Complex. Each room has a fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, continental breakfast and high speed internet at no extra charge. On site we have an exercise facility with squash courts and steam rooms.

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Tamara Boyko 1457 Main Street South, Dauphin, MB, R7N 3B3 Tel: 204-638-0800 Fax: 204-638-0808 super8da@mts.net www.super8.com

Winnipeg THRIFTLODGE WINNIPEG 1400 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 3G5 Tel: 204-786-3471

Interlake LOWER FORT GARRY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE This historic treasure captivates your senses and imagination. Talk to costurmed staff and hear the stories of the Hudson's Bay Company and MĂŠtis and First Nation peoples from the 19th century. Take your own tour May 15 to Labour Day or enjoy a guided tour in September or by reservation. Additional heritage tours/programmes for groups or individuals of all ages are available. Services in English or French. Most buildings are wheelchair accessible. Admission charges apply.

North of 53 CAPE MERRY BATTERY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE The battery is accessible by vehicle, bicycle, or walking. Parks Canada staff provide free interpretive walks and polar bear security during scheduled hours (contact the Visitor Centre for schedule). Terrain ranges from accessible boardwalk and moderately accessible paths to rocky tundra. Guided walks are 30-60 minutes, however many visitors remain longer. Very scenic with excellent bird and beluga whale watching. After hour visitors should be careful to avoid polar bear encounters. On-site restroom facilities. Mike Iwanowsky East side Churchill R. near Hudson Bay City, Churchill, MB, R0B 0E0 Tel: 204-675-8863 Fax: 204-675-2026 mannorth.nhs@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/princewalesfort

Loreleen Britton 5925 Highway 9, St. Andrews, MB, R1A 4A8 Tel: 204-785-6088 Fax: 204-482-5887 lfgnhs.info@pc.gc.ca; loreleen.britton@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/garry

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PARKS CANADA VISITOR CENTRE IN CHURCHILL

Winnipeg

Central Plains

Take the only safe way to peer down a polar bear den, at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre! The centre is your introduction to the people, the land and the stories of the Hudson Bay area. Programs, exhibits, evening presentations and a tour, highlight Wapusk National Park, York Factory and Prince of Wales NHS including Sloop Cove and Cape Merry Battery. The centre is located at the Heritage Railway Station, one block west from downtown.

PARKS CANADA - THE FORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

CENTRAL PLAINS TOURISM NETWORK

Just steps away from the bustling Forks Market, in the heart of historic downtown Winnipeg, immerse your group in the chapters of The Forks’ 6,000-year story through a lively, onehour guided walking tour – Beaver Tales and River Trails – presented by a Parks Canada bilingual guide. Programs are offered mid-May to the end of September, are wheelchair-accessible and adjustable for inclement weather. Complimentary step on bus service and motor coach parking are available.

Tel: 1-877-856-5002 www.echosandlegends.com

Barb Ford 401-25 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4S8 Tel: 204-983-6757 Fax: 204-983-2221 forksnhs.info@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/forks

INTERLAKE TOURISM ASSOCIATION

RIEL HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Tel: 1-800-665-4774 www.tourismnorth.com

Mike Iwanowsky #1 Mantayo Seepee Meskanow, Churchill, MB, R0B 0E0 Tel: 204-675-8863 Fax: 204-675-2026 mannorth.nhs@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/princewalesfort

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This star-shaped 18th century fort is accessible in the summer by boat or helicopter. Tours are conducted by third party tour operators, or by Parks Canada, with advance notice. Parks Canada does not provide transportation to the site and tour fees may apply. Visitors are advised to book a guided tour because of the dangers posed by polar bears. Tours are 30-60 minutes and may require walking over sand/gravel. Restroom facilities are available on site. Mike Iwanowsky across the River from Churchill, Churchill, MB, R0B 0E0 Tel: 204-675-8863 Fax: 204-675-2026 mannorth.nhs@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/princewalesfort

YORK FACTORY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE A fascinating, remote, historic site on the Hayes River accessible by air charter or by canoe. Provide advance notice to ensure Parks Canada staff are available to greet visitors and to lead a tour of the buildings and grounds (fees applicable). Terrain ranges from boardwalk to uneven grass: Boat access is by steep stairs and muddy, wet shoreline. On-site restroom facilities. No camping. Weather determines accessibility and unplanned delays at the site can occur. Mike Iwanowsky Hayes River near Hudson Bay, wilderness location, MB, R0B 0L0 Tel: 204-675-8863 Fax: 204-675-2026 mannorth.nhs@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/yorkfactory

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Discover the story of the Métis people, at the family home of Louis Riel. Walk into the completely restored and furnished Red River frame house and see what life was like when Manitoba was young. Enjoy a tour through the house and gardens with a knowledgeable and friendly guide in period costume, and explore the outdoor exhibits. Services are provided in English or French, and tour bus drop-off and parking are available. Admission charges apply. Barb Ford 330 River Rd (South St. Vital), Winnipeg, MB, R2M 3Z8 Tel: 204-257-1783 Fax: 204-983-2221 forksnhs.info@pc.gc.ca www.pc.gc.ca/riel

destination marketing TRAVEL MANITOBA Travel Manitoba is destination marketing organization offering marketing assistance and support in promoting Manitoba as a group tour destination. Collateral material, posters, videos, site inspections and familiarization tours are available. Manitoba is a land of contrast from the southern prairie fields and the rugged forests of the parklands to the northern tundra with an ocean coastline at Hudson Bay, home to Churchill the polar bear and Beluga whale capital of the world. Dene Sinclair 700-155 Carlton, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3H8 Tel: 204-927-7862 • 1-800-665-0040 Fax: 204-927-7828 desinclair@travelmanitoba.com www.travelmanitoba.com

Eastern EASTERN MANITOBA TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 1-866-268-2884 www.easternmanitobatourism.ca

Interlake Tel: 1-877-468-3752 www.interkaetourism.com

North of 53 TOURISM NORTH

Parkland PARKLAND TOURISM Tel: 1-888-528-6484 www.parklandtourism.com

Pembina Valley PEMBINA VALLEY TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 1-800-877-1874 www.pembinavalleytourism.com

Winnipeg DESTINATION WINNIPEG Tel: 204-943-1970 www.destinationwinnipeg.com


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Western Canada Group Travel Planner  

Western Canada Group Travel Planner is a tour planning resource for tour planners and tour operators containing region information, supplie...